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Anne Tharner

Anne Tharner


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.


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Primary fields of research

-         Attachment

-         Developmental psychopathology

-         Developmental psychology

Current research

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

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