Julie Braungart-Rieker

Julie Braungart-Rieker

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Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty Collegiate Chair and Professor of Psychology; Director, William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families

Office: 119B Haggar Hall
Phone: 574-631-6914
Email: jbraunga@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood

As a child development expert, Braungart-Rieker’s research runs the gamut — from the effects of parents reading to their kids to the involvement of fathers in children’s lives. Her work focuses on a myriad of issues that concern raising socially and emotionally well-balanced children through infancy and early childhood. Her research examines how children’s characteristics, such as gender and temperament, as well as parenting practices and contextual factors within the family unit including earner status and marital satisfaction allow children to develop compliance and autonomy. Her current project involves a low-income sample of preschool-aged children where she and her team are examining factors such as the barriers that prevent families from adopting a healthy lifestyle, family relationships, parenting and children’s socio-emotional functioning.


New studies target childhood obesity, child maltreatment
New ADHD intervention yields promising results


Today — The ‘baby talk’ gap? Moms may favor girls when talking to infants
Chicago Tribune — How to negotiate with your kids
CNN International — How to negotiate with your kids
CNN — How to negotiate with your kids
South Bend Tribune — Father, mentor, career coach