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Kathryn L. Humphreys

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Human Development

Dr. Humphreys received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology and has expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. Her research focuses on characterizing the early environment and examining links to later life outcomes. In addition, she conducts basic and applied research with the aim of improving children’s early life. She has received recognition in her field, including being awarded the Janet T. Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, as well as being selected for the internationally competitive Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship.

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Representative Publications

†equal contribution; underlined indicates current/past mentee

  • Salo, V. C., Pannuto, P., Hedgecock, W., Biri, A., Russo, D. A., Piersiak, H. A., & Humphreys, K. L. (in press). Measuring naturalistic proximity as a window into caregiver–child interaction patterns. Behavior Research Methods. https://doi/org/ 10.3758/s13428-021-01681-8
  • Humphreys, K. L., King, L. S., Guyon-Harris, K. L., & Zeanah, C. H. (in press). Caregiver regulation: A modifiable target promoting resilience to early adverse experiences. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  • King, L. S., Salo, V. C., Kujawa, A., & Humphreys, K. L. (in press). Advancing the RDoC initiative through the assessment of caregiver social processes. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Matsumoto, M., Piersiak, H. A., Letterie, M., & Humphreys, K. L. (in press). Population-based estimates of associations between child maltreatment types: A meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.
  • Humphreys, K. L., Piersiak, H. A., Panlilio, C. C., Lehman, E. B., Verdiglione, N., Dore, S., & Levi, B. (2021). A randomized controlled trial of a child abuse mandated reporter training: Knowledge and attitudes. Child Abuse & Neglect, 117, 105033.
  • Cárdenas E. F., Kujawa, A., & Humphreys, K. L. (2020). Neurobiological changes during the peripartum period: Implications for health and behavior. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 15, 1097-1110.
  • Humphreys, K. L. (2020). Child maltreatment recurrence points to urgent need to improve systems for identification and prevention. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59, 1102-1104.
  • Humphreys, K. L., Camacho, M. C., Roth, M. C., & Estes, E. C. (2020). Prenatal stress exposure and multimodal assessment of amygdala–medial prefrontal cortex connectivity in infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 46, 100877.
  • Humphreys, K. L., Guyon-Harris, K. L., Tibu, F., Wade, M., Nelson, C. A., Fox, N. A., & Zeanah, C. H. (2020). Psychiatric outcomes following severe deprivation in early childhood: Follow-up of a randomized controlled trial at age 16. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88, 1079-1090.
  • Humphreys, K. L., †LeMoult, J., Wear, J. G., Piersiak, H. A., Lee, A., & Gotlib, I. H. (2020). Child maltreatment and depression: A meta-analysis of studies using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. Child Abuse & Neglect, 102, 104361.
  • Humphreys, K. L., Myint, M. T., & Zeanah, C. H. (2020). Increased risk for family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pediatrics, 146, e20200982.


  • 2021, David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology

  • 2021, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Emerging Leadership Award in Research, ZERO TO THREE
  • 2020, Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
  • 2020, Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • 2020, Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, Association for Psychological Science
  • 2020, Chaim and Bela Danieli Early Career Award, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • 2018–2020, Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellow
  • 2017, Association for Psychological Science (APS) “Rising Star” Award
  • 2014, Michael J. Goldstein Distinguished Dissertation Award in Clinical Psychology, UCLA
  • 2013, National Psychologist Trainee Register Credentialing Scholarship
  • 2013, Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) Young Scientist Award
  • 2013, Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award, UCLA
  • 2013, Distinguished Student Service Award in Clinical Psychology, Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12), American Psychological Association
  • 2013, Student Achievement Award, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53), American Psychological Association
  • 2011, Psychology in Action Award, UCLA
  • 2008–2009, Chancellor’s Prize, UCLA
  • 2006, Intellectual Contribution Award, Harvard University Graduate School of Education