Amy Kennedy Root, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Child Development and Family Studies
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Office: 504J Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-0380
E-mail: amy.kennedy@mail.wvu.edu


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Human Development
University of Maryland, College Park, 2006.

B.A. Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park, 1998.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008 – present Assistant Professor, Child Development Family Studies, Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development, West Virginia University.

2006 – 2008 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships (Kenneth H. Rubin, Ph.D., Director), Department of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park.

2005 – 2006 Research Associate/Scholar, Infant and Child Temperament Laboratory (Cynthia A. Stifter, Ph.D., Director), Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

2005 – 2006 Instructor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

2004 – 2005 Faculty Research Assistant, Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships (Kenneth H. Rubin, Ph.D., Director), Department of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park.


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Broadly, my research interests include:

  • The impact of children’s gender and dispositional characteristics (e.g., emotion regulation) on parenting beliefs and practices.
  • Understanding how parents may affect the stability of children’s behaviors and affect regulation.
  • How children’s dispositional characteristics and caregiving experiences work together (or against one another) to impact children’s socio-emotional development throughout the early childhood years (birth – 5).

Currently, I am beginning a study where I will examine how shy, inhibited 3-year-olds’ family experiences (observed interactions with mothers, mother’s and father’s socialization beliefs) impact children’s social and emotional development (e.g., anxious behaviors).


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development

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