Rina Das Eiden, PhD

Rina Das Eiden, PhD.

Senior Research Scientist

Developmental Psychology

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-3350
Email: eiden@ria.buffalo.edu

Primary Research Areas

The impact of parental prenatal and postnatal substance abuse on developmental trajectories of risk and resilience from infancy to adolescence.

Research Publications Expertise

Research Agenda

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.

Areas of Expertise


  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Infant temperament research
  • Parent-infant attachment
  • Children of substance using parents
  • Substance use during pregnancy
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Pregnant smokers


  • Observational methods
  • Longitudinal data analytic methods
  • Salivary and autonomic measures of stress reactivity
  • Measuring parent-child relationships