Kirby Deater-Deckard is part of several international teams that are studying the interaction between biological factors and family/peer social environments in cognitive and social-emotional development in childhood and adolescence. The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (www.bsf.org.il) has just awarded a grant to Dr. Naama Atzaba-Poria of Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Deater-Deckard, to study parenting and sibling relationships following low- and high-risk births of a second child.
Deater-Deckard also recently received funding from the Shandong provincial government in Jinan, China, to study gene-environment interaction effects on development using data from the Longitudinal Study of Chinese Children and Adolescents in Jinan. Dr. Guanghui Chen, a colleague from Shandong Normal University in Jinan, visited in July and presented their collaborative work on children’s bullying victimization and cortisol reactivity/recovery.
In addition, Deater-Deckard is consultant and mentor on a team in the Finn Brain Birth Cohort Study. He is working with Elisabeth Nordenswan, a doctoral psychology student in Turku, Finland. Nordenswan recently received dissertation fellowship funding from three research foundations in Finland, to examine behavioral and physiological indicators of executive function in mothers and their young children.