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Douglas M Teti

Douglas M Teti

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology and PediatricsHead, Department of Human Development and Family StudiesFamilies at Risk Initiative Director

105 Health and Human Development Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9570


Dr. Douglas Teti is a developmental scientist whose research is focused on family processes as they relate to infant and early child development. He has had a long-standing interest in socio-emotional development in early childhood (e.g., quality of attachment to parents), parenting competence and parenting at risk, how parenting is affected by parental mental health and contextual factors, and how parenting affects infant and child functioning. All of his current projects examine the joint, interactive effects of biological/medical and environmental/parenting factors on child development and parenting during the early years of life. They are all interdisciplinary and involve graduate and undergraduate students, and his students draw from the project they work on in developing their own areas of expertise. In addition, Dr. Teti serves as Lead Faculty of the Families at Risk (FAR) research initiative of the Child Study Center.  FAR brings together a working group of faculty across Penn State interested in factors that influence family processes (parenting, marital relations and coparenting, sibling relations) and family well-being, and in turn how these processes affect and are affected by children’s development.

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