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Cathryn Booth-LaForce

Cathryn Booth-LaForce is a developmental psychologist and the Charles and Gerda Spence Professor of Nursing in the department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the social-emotional development of children, primarily from the perspective of attachment theory. In longitudinal projects spanning infancy to late adolescence, she investigates early experiences in various contexts to examine their current and ongoing impact on development and adaptive (or maladaptive) outcomes. Her areas of expertise include caregiver-child relationships, parenting, peer relationships, and friendships, as well as early preventive intervention programs for children and families at risk.

She also engages in research on yoga, mindfulness, and other complementary and integrative health (CIH) topics. She is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded postdoctoral training grant focusing on producing the next generation of CIH researchers who are well-prepared to engage in clinical and translational research while also understanding CIH clinical practice and modalities.

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