Fetal development; Infant development; Child development; Developmental psychobiology; Pregnancy; Temperament; Self regulation; Executive functions; Testosterone; Cortisol; Maternal-child interaction
Experiences & Accomplishments
My research interests lie in developmental psychobiology, with a focus on the organizing role of the maternal endocrine milieu on early human development spanning the prenatal to early childhood periods. With receipt of a K99 award, I’m currently evaluating the prediction of self-regulation capacity and executive functions at age 5 by maternal hormones during pregnancy. An upcoming study will extend this work to examine the functional significance of the hormonal transition associated with birth on infant reactivity and regulatory capacity, with a particular focus on the postnatal sex steroid surge observed in early infancy.
Voegtline, K.M. & Granger, D.A. (2014). Dispatches from the interface of salivary bioscience and neonatal research. Frontiers in Pediatric Endocrinology, 5, doi: 10.3389/fendo.2014.00025
Voegtline, K.M., DiPietro, J.A., Costigan, K.A., Kivlighan, K., & Henderson, J.L. (2013). Sex- specific effects of prenatal testosterone exposure on birth weight and weight gain in infancy. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4, 280-284.
Voegtline, K.M., Costigan, K.A., Kivlighan, K.T., Laudenslager, M.L., Henderson, J.L., & DiPietro, J.A. (2013). Concurrent levels of maternal salivary cortisol are unrelated to self-reported psychological measures in low-risk pregnant women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health,16, 101-108.
Ursache, A., Blair. C., Stifter, C.A., Voegtline, K.M., & the Family Life Project Investigators. (2013). Emotional reactivity and regulation in infancy interact to predict executive functioning in early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 49, 127-137.