Department of Psychology > Academic staff
Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 1353 København K
My main research interest is infant and child mental health, which I have focused on throughout my PhD and postdoc positions from different perspectives. I am interested in the effects of risk factors, such as maternal depression and (parenting) stress, for children's socio-emotional development, but also in potential protective factors such as attachment security and sensitive parenting. In my research, I combine observational and physiological measures to study young children's regulation capacities.
I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen Babylab on a Marie Curie Fellowship on a project titled “It takes two to tango: A longitudinal study of the development of infant-mother attachment and stress- regulation capacities.” I am also supervising a PhD project regarding the role of fathers in children’s socio-emotional development.
As a coder of infant attachment from Strange Situation Procedures, I am involved in several international collaborations, currently e.g. with Aachen University, Germany, University of Uppsala, Sweden, and University of Cambridge, UK.
Link to Pubmed profile: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Anne+Tharner
Primary fields of research
- Developmental psychopathology
- Developmental psychology
Marie Curie Fellowship on the origins of infant-mother attachment and the development of emotion-regulation capacities.
Goal of this project is to is a better understanding of the mechanisms of infant attachment formation and subsequent stress-regulation capacities. The transmission gap in the origins of individual differences in attachment quality is addressed by tracking mother-infant interactions throughout the first year of the child’s life. In contrast with dominant attachment theories focusing mainly on the role of parental behavior, the current study is based on a dyadic systems approach assuming that both the child and the mother actively contribute to the development of attachment relationships. More specifically, the project aims at address 3 points
- The origins of attachment before the first birthday
- The role of the infant in the origins of attachment
- From dyadic regulation to later self-regulation
Co-supervisor of a PhD project regarding the role of fathers in children’s socio- emotional development.
PhD student supervision
Coordination and supervision of a team of students on the 5-year follow-up of the longitudinal study at UCPH Babylab
Spring 2016: Advanced Methods Course “Methods to assess young children’s socio-emotional development in scientific research