Professor; Associate Dean fore Research and Faculty; Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
As a developmental psychologist, Dr. DiPietro’s research centers on understanding the origins of human development, the interface between individual differences in development and physiology, and the implications of the prenatal period for postnatal life. Her current research program, which has been ongoing for over 20 years, extends this interest to the human fetus. Her labratory uses digitized assessment methods of measuring fetal neurobehavioral functioning to investigate the ontogeny of development with the ultimate goal of predicting clinical and developmental outcome from the fetal period. Within this context, we are further exploring the role of maternal factors, including substance exposure, maternal emotions, and physiological changes during pregnancy in mediating fetal development.