Diane Putnick, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

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Diane Putnick, Ph.D., joined EB in 2019, after 19 years in the Child and Family Research Section, within NICHD’s Division of Intramural Research, where she conducted a broad array of studies on child development and parenting within and across cultures, with a focus on identifying universal versus context-specific processes. In her role with EB, Dr. Putnick studies prenatal and perinatal factors that promote child development and well-being. Her research interests include developmental methodology, child development and family functioning across contexts, parental emotional availability and acceptance-rejection, language development, drug understanding in elementary school children, child labor in developing nations, child development following cancer treatment, and parenting stress across the child’s transition to adolescence. Dr. Putnick earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology from the George Washington University.

Selected Publications

Developmental stability of scholastic, social, athletic, and physical appearance self-concepts from preschool to early adulthood.
Putnick DL(1), Hahn CS(1), Hendricks C(1), Bornstein MH(1)(2).
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2020 Jan;61(1):95-103. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13107. Epub 2019 Aug 19.

Child, Mother, Father, and Teacher Beliefs About Child Academic Competence: Predicting Math and Reading Performance in European American Adolescents.
Putnick DL(1), Hahn CS(1), Hendricks C(1), Suwalsky JTD(1), Bornstein MH(1).
J Res Adolesc. 2020 Feb;30 Suppl 2:298-314. doi: 10.1111/jora.12477. Epub 2019 Feb 16.

Stability of core language skill from infancy to adolescence in typical and atypical development.
Bornstein MH(1)(2), Hahn CS(1), Putnick DL(1), Pearson RM(3).
Sci Adv. 2018 Nov 21;4(11):eaat7422. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat7422. eCollection 2018 Nov.

Parental acceptance-rejection and child prosocial behavior: Developmental transactions across the transition to adolescence in nine countries, mothers and fathers, and girls and boys.
Putnick DL(1), Bornstein MH(1), Lansford JE(2), Chang L(3), Deater-Deckard K(4), Di Giunta L(5), Dodge KA(2), Malone PS(2), Oburu P(6), Pastorelli C(5), Skinner AT(2), Sorbring E(7), Tapanya S(8), Uribe Tirado LM(9), Zelli A(10), Alampay LP(11), Al-Hassan SM(12), Bacchini D(13), Bombi AS(14).
Dev Psychol. 2018 Oct;54(10):1881-1890. doi: 10.1037/dev0000565.

Neurobiology of culturally common maternal responses to infant cry.
Bornstein MH(1), Putnick DL(2), Rigo P(2)(3)(4), Esposito G(3)(4), Swain JE(5), Suwalsky JTD(2), Su X(6), Du X(6), Zhang K(6), Cote LR(7), De Pisapia N(3), Venuti P(3).
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Nov 7;114(45):E9465-E9473. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1712022114. Epub 2017 Oct 23.

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