Professor of Psychology, Chair of Public Health
M.A. University of Maryland, Developmental Psychology (1999)
Ph.D. University of Maryland, Developmental Psychology (2002)
Areas of Expertise
I am a developmental psychologist with expertise in developmental neuroscience, parent-infant mental health, and behavioral pediatrics. My research focuses on the social regulation of physiological and behavioral stress responding in infants and children. Using a comparative physiology approach, my work translates animal epigenetic models of postnatal programming to human samples and demonstrates that high quality maternal caregiving behavior is associated with reduced biological and behavioral stress responding in infants and children.
I conduct basic research on caregiving behavior and infant/child stress responding and clinical research as a faculty member of the Nurture Science Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center. Students in my Early Experience and Physiology Laboratory at Williams engage in both types of research, which converge to inform intervention programming designed to reduce the behavioral and health consequences associated with early life stress.
Selected Publications (click author list for pdf)
- Porges, S. W., Davila, M. I., Lewis, G. F., Kolacz, J., Okonmah-Obazee, S., Hane, A. A., . . . Welch, M.G. (2019). Autonomic regulation of preterm infants is enhanced by Family Nurture Intervention.Dev Psychobiol. doi:10.1002/dev.21841
- Miller, N. V., Hane, A. A., Degnan, K. A., Fox, N. A., & Chronis-Tuscano, A. (2019). Investigation of a developmental pathway from infant anger reactivity to childhood inhibitory control and ADHD symptoms: interactive effects of early maternal caregiving. J Child Psychol Psychiatry.doi:10.1111/jcpp.13047
- Frosch, C. A., Fagan, M. A., Lopez, M. A., Middlemiss, W., Chang, M., Hane, A. A., & Welch, M. G.(2019). Validation study showed that ratings on the Welch Emotional Connection Screen at infant age six months are associated with child behavioural problems at age three years. Acta Paediatr,108(5),889 895.doi:10.1111/apa.14731
- Beebe, B., Myers, M., Lee, S., Lange, A., Ewing, J., Rubinchik, N., Andrews, A., Austin, J., Hane, A., Margolis, A., Hofer, M., Ludwig, R.J., Welch, M.G. (2018). Family nurture intervention for preterm infants facilitates positive mother-infant face-to-face engagement at four months. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000557.
- Hane, A.,LaCoursiere, J. N.,Mitsuyama, M., Wieman, S., Ludwig, R. J., Kwon, K. Y.,..Welch, M.G.(2018).The Welch Emotional Connection Screen: validation of a brief mother-infant relational health screen. Acta Paediatrica.
- Beebe, B., Myers, M. M., Lee, S. H., Lange, A., Ewing, J., Rubinchik, N., Andrews, H., Austin, J., Hane, A., Margolis, A. E., Hofer, M., Ludwig, R. J., & Welch, M. G. (2018). Family Nurture Intervention for Preterm Infants Facilitates Positive Mother–Infant Face-to-Face Engagement at 4 Months . Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000557
- Miller, N. V., Degnan, K. A., Hane, A. A., Fox, N. A., & Chronic-Tuscano, A. (2018). Infant temperament reactivity and early maternal caregiving: independent and interactive links to later childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12934
- Hane, A. A., & Fox, N. A. (2016). Early Caregiving and Human Biobehavioral Development: A Comparative Physiology Approach. Curr Opin Behav Sci, 7, 82-90. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2015.12.002
- Hane, A. A., & Fox, N. A. (2016). Early Caregiving and Human Biobehavioral Development: A ComparativePhysiology Approach. Curr Opin Behav Sci, 7, 82-90. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2015.12.002
- Degnan, K.A., Hane, A.A., Henderson, H.A., Walker, O.L., Ghera, M.M., & Fox, N.A. (2015). Emergent patterns of rosk for psychopathology: The influence of infant avoidance and maternal caregiving on trajectories of social reticence. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1163-1178. Special Section: The Influential Child.
- Hane, A.A., Myers, M.M., Hofer, M.A., Ludwig, R.J., Halperin, M.S., Austin, J., Glickstein, S., & Welch, M.G. (2015). Family nurture intervention improves the quality of maternal caregiving in the NICU: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 36, 188-196. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000148.
- Welch, M.G., Firestein, M., Hane, A.A., Stark, R.I., Hofer, M.A., Garland, M., Glickstein, S.B., Brunelli, S.A., Ludwig, R.J., & Myers, M.M. (2015). Family nurture intervention in the NICU improves attention, social-relatedness and neurodevelopment of preterm infants at 18 months in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Advanced Online publication. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12405.
- Welch, M.G., Halperin, M.S., Stark, R.I., Hofer, M.A., Hane, A.A., & Myers, M. M. (2015). Depression and anxiety symptoms of mothers of preterm infants are decreased at four months corrected age by family nurture intervention in the NICU. Archives in Women’s Mental Health, 1434-1816. doi. 10.1007/s00737-015-0502-7.
- Monk, C.A., & Hane, A.A. (2014). Fetal and infant neurobehavioral development: Basic processes and environmental influences. Invited Chapter for The Oxford Handbook for Perinatal Psychology. Advanced online publication: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199778072.013.20.
- Degnan, K.A., Almas, A.N., Henderson, H.A., Hane, A.A., Moas, O.L., & Fox, N.A. (2014). Longitudinal trajectories of social reticence with unfamiliar peers across early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2311-2323. doi. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037751.
- He, J., Hane, A.A., Degnan, K., Henderson, H.A., & Fox, N.A. (2013). Anger and positive reactivity to novelty in infancy: Effects on surgency and attention regulation in early childhood. Infancy, 18, 184-201. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2012.00113.x.
Hane, A.A., & *Philbrook, L.E. (2012). Beyond licking and grooming: Maternal regulation of infant stress in the caregiving context. Parenting: Science and Practice. Special issue,The Arc of Parenting from Epigenomes to Ethics. Advanced online publication. doi.10.1080/15295192.2012.683341.
- Penela, E.C., Henderson, H.A., Hane, A.A., & Ghera, M.M. (2012). Maternal caregiving moderates the relation between temperamental fear and social behavior with peers.Infancy. Advanced online publication. doi 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2012.00114.x.
- Welch,M.G., Hofer, M.A., Brunelli, S.A., Stark, R. I., Andrews, H., Johnson, J.G., Myers, M.M., & the FNI-NICU Trial Group. (2012). Family nurture intervention (FNI): Methods and treatment protocol of a randomized controlled trial in the NICU. BMC Pediatrics. Advanced online publication, PMID: 22314029.
- Almas, A., Henderson, H.A., Phillips, D., Hane, A.A., & Fox, N.A. (2011). The relations between infant negative reactivity, non-maternal childcare, and children’s interactions with familiar and unfamiliar peers. Social Development, 20, 718-740.
- Hane, A.A., & Barrios, E. (2011). Mother and child interpretations of threat in ambiguous situations: Relations with child anxiety and autonomic responding. Journal of Family Psychology. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 644-652. Special issue: Parenting at risk: New approaches.
- Pérez-Edgar, K., Reeb-Sutherland, B. C., McDermott, J. N. M., Henderson, H. A., Degnan, K. A., Hane,A. A., Pine, D. S., & Fox, N. A. (2011). Attention biases to threat link behavioral inhibition to social withdrawal over time in very young children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 885-895.
- Degnan, K.A., Hane, A.A., Henderson, H.A., Moas, O.L., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., & Fox, N.A. (2011). Longitudinal stability of temperamental exuberance and social-emotional outcomes in early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 47, 765-780.
- Hane, A.A., Henderson, H.A., Fox, N.A., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C. (2010). Ordinary variations in human maternal caregiving in infancy and biobehavioral development in early childhood: A follow-up study. Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 558-567.
- He, J.H., Degnan, K.A., Martin McDermott, J., M., Henderson, H.A., Hane, A.A., & Fox, N.A. (2010). Anger and approach motivation in Infancy: Relations to early childhood inhibitory control and behavior problems. Infancy, 15, 246-269
- Hane, A. A., Cheah, C., Rubin, K. H., & Fox, N.A.. (2008). The role of maternal behavior in the relation between shyness and social withdrawal in early childhood and social withdrawal in middle childhood. Social Development, 17, 795-811.
- Hane, A. A., Fox, N. A., Henderson, H., & Marshall, P. J. (2008). Early behavioral reactivity and approach-withdrawal bias in infancy. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1491-1496.
- Fox, N.A., & Hane, A. A. (2008). Studying the Biology of Human Attachment. In P. Shaver & J. Cassidy (Eds.), Handbook of Attachment, 2nd edition. New York: Guilford
- Fox, N.A., Hane, A.A., & Pine, D.S. (2007). Plasticity for affective neurocircuitry. Currrent Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 1-5.
- Hane, A. A., & Fox, N. A. (2007). A closer look at the transactional nature of early social development: The relations among early caregiving environments, temperament, and early social development and the case for phenotypic plasticity. In F. Santoianni & C. Sabatano (Eds.), Brain Development in Learning Environments: Embodied and Perceptual Advancements (pp. 1-15). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Hane, A.A., Fox, N.A., Polak-Toste, C., Ghera, M.M., Guner, B. (2006). Contextual basis of maternal perceptions of infant temperament. Developmental Psychology, 42, 1077-1088.
- Hane, A. A., & Fox, N. A. (2006). Ordinary variations in maternal caregiving of human infants influence stress reactivity. Psychological Science, 17, 550-556.
- Ghera, M. M., Hane, A. A., Malesa, E. M., & Fox, N. A. (2006). The role of infant soothability in the relation between infant negativity and maternal sensitivity. Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 289-293.
- Fox, N. A., Hane, A. A., & Perez-Edgar, K. (2006). Psychophysiological methods for the study of developmental psychopathology. In D. Cichetti (Ed.), Developmental Psychopathology, 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons Inc.
Awards, Fellowships & Grants
The Early Experience and Physiology Laboratory is pleased to be part of the PLAY Project.
Visiting Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY
Fellow, American Psychological Society
- Neuroscience Program
- Public Health, Chair