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Esposito, Layla Elise

Formal Title:

Program Officer





6710B ROCKLEDGE DRIVE Room 2409C, MSC 7002
Bethesda ,MD 20817

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Layla Esposito, Ph.D., M.A., is a program director in the Child Development and Behavior (CDB) Branch where her portfolio includes research on social and emotional development in children and adolescents, child and family processes, human-animal interaction, and childhood obesity.  Dr. Esposito completed her Ph.D. in social psychology and master's degree in clinical psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her position at NICHD, Dr. Esposito was a science policy fellow with the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. Her prior research and clinical work focused on peer victimization, aggression, psychosocial functioning and adjustment in children, and child psychopathology.


Featured Items:

Esposito, L., McCune, S., Griffin, J., & Maholmes, V. (2011).  Directions in human-animal interaction research:  Child development, health  and therapeutic interventions.  Child Development Perspectives, 5(3), 205-211.

McCardle, P. D., McCune, S., Esposito, L., & Freund, L. (Eds.) (2011). Animals in our lives. Baltimore, MD: Brooks Publishing, Co.

McCardle, P., McCune, S., Griffin, J.A., & Maholmes, V. (Eds.) (2011).  How Animals Affect Us: Examining the Influence of Human-Animal Interaction on Child Development and Human Health. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 


Publications (PubMed):

Systems science: a tool for understanding obesity.
News from the NIH: research to evaluate "natural experiments" related to obesity and diabetes.
Developmental perspectives on nutrition and obesity from gestation to adolescence.
A Public Health Approach to Improving the Lives of Adult Learners: Introduction to the Special Issue on Adult Literacy Interventions.
Next steps in obesity prevention: applying the systems approach.
Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR): Interventions addressing multiple influences in childhood and adolescent obesity.
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