Director, Center for Developmental Science
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests & Goals:
Dr. Propper’s research focuses on the development of infant and child self-regulation from a developmental science perspective. Cathi’s research investigates child behavioral, emotional, and cognitive outcomes as the result of associations across levels (behavioral, physiological, genetic, environmental) and over time, from the prenatal period to early childhood. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple NIH-funded grants investigating interactions between parenting behaviors, infant physiological function (heart rate variability, in particular), and other salient prenatal/postnatal experiences as predictors of infant sleep and subsequent social-emotional and cognitive development across the first year of life. In addition, her other NIH-funded projects aims to understand the way in which these processes unfold over early childhood and influence child behavior and learning in the preschool classroom. Cathi has also been an Investigator and Director of the Durham Child Health and Development Study for over 10 years.
As the Associate Director for Training and Research at the CDS, Dr. Propper is responsible for coordinating the Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) Proseminar Series, assisting with administrative reporting functions, and overseeing the CCHD training program.