New Fathers and Mothers Study

The New Fathers and Mothers Study (NewFAMS) examines early family influences on the development of self-regulation. Currently funded by the National Science Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation, data is collected from first time parents and their children to explore the ways that families develop in the child’s first two years. Families in New York City are visited in their homes when mothers are 36 weeks pregnant, and then again when their child is 4 months, 14 months, and 24 months old. We are interested in the development of attention and emotion and how early experiences, including the prenatal experiences, carry forward into the childhood years. To examine these areas cross-culturally, we are collaborating with data collection efforts with teams in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. See our "Study Findings" section for updates on our results!