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Kathryn L. Humphreys

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Human Development
Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Training Faculty, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Dr. Kathryn Humphreys is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and expertise in infant and early childhood mental health and developmental neuroscience. Her research program includes both basic and applied work, and she has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on child development, adversity, and caregiving. Dr. Humphreys has received several early career awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) award, the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Boyd McCandless Award from the American Psychological Association.

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Representative Publications

  • King, L. S., Guyon-Harris, K. L., Valadez, E. A., Radulescu, A., Fox, N. A., Nelson, C. A., Zeanah, C. H., & Humphreys, K. L. (2023). A comprehensive multi-level analysis of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project: Causal effects on recovery from severe deprivation. American Journal of Psychiatry, 180, 573-583.
  • King, L. S., Hill, K. E., Rangel, E., Gotlib, I. H., & Humphreys, K. L. (2023). Teaching or learning from baby: Inducing explicit parenting goals influences caregiver intrusiveness. Developmental Psychology, 59, 1951-1961.
  • Malachowski, L., Salo, V. C., Needham, A. W., & Humphreys, K. L. (2023). Infant placement and language exposure in daily life. Infant and Child Development, 32, e2405.
  • Barnett, W., Hansen, C. L., Bailes, L. G., & Humphreys, K. L. (2022). Caregiver–child proximity as a dimension of early experience. Development and Psychopathology, 34, 647-665.
  • Humphreys, K. L., King, L. S., Guyon-Harris, K. L., Sheridan, M. A., McLaughlin, K. A., Radulescu, A., Nelson, C. A., Fox, N. A., & Zeanah, C. H. (2022). Foster care leads to sustained cognitive gains following severe early deprivation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119, e2119318119.
  • Humphreys, K. L., King, L. S., Guyon-Harris, K. L., & Zeanah, C. H. (2022). Caregiver regulation: A modifiable target promoting resilience to early adverse experiences. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 14, S63-S71.


  • 2023, Early Career Impact Award, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

  • 2022, Boyd McCandless Award, American Psychological Association (Division 7)

  • 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Research, Vanderbilt University


    2023 Randolph Blake Early Career Award, Psychological Sciences, Vanderbilt University

  • 2022, NIMH BRAINS Award 

  • 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