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Douglas Teti Ph.D.

Douglas Teti, Ph.D.

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology and Pediatrics

Head, Department of Human Development and Family Studies



Dr. Douglas Teti is Professor of Human Development, Psychology, and Pediatrics and head of the Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  His research focuses on family processes relating to infant and early child development, with a long-standing interest in early socio-emotional development, parenting competence and parenting at risk. He is also Lead Faculty of the Families at Risk interdisciplinary research initiative at Penn State, a diverse group sponsored by Penn State’s Child Study Center dedicated to the study of parenting and family processes and their effects.  He has extensive experience in the use of actigraphy and daily diaries to assess parent and infant sleep, and measurement systems for parenting behavior and parent-child interaction. He is the principal investigator of the SIESTA research program, which examines (a) the role of parenting in the development of infant sleep and parent-infant adjustment during the first two years; (b) the single and joint impact of parenting and child sleep across the transition to kindergarten; and (c) the development and implementation of a transition-to-parenthood coparenting intervention to promote parent-infant sleep, infant-parent relationships, and infant socio-emotional development. 

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