Senior Research Scientist
Research Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Research Associate Professor, Psychology
The impact of parental prenatal and postnatal substance abuse on
developmental trajectories of risk and resilience from infancy to
Dr. Eiden’s research focuses on understanding when and under what circumstances developmental trajectories of children begin to diverge from normative trajectories, in cases when children are at risk for maladjustment due to parental substance abuse. Her studies, many of which follow cohorts of children across multiple years, seek to understand the developmental mechanisms, such as infant-parent attachment, self-regulation, individual differences in children’s autonomic and stress reactivity, which explain the association between parental risk factors and children’s developmental outcomes.
Her work also examines the developmental processes in children that promote resilience in the face of risk; the etiological processes in the development of underage drinking, substance use and violence/aggression; and the implications of these issues for early intervention or prevention programs for at-risk children.