Marjorie Beeghly

Marjorie Beeghly

Developmental Science Area Chair


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Marjorie Beeghly

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

My research evaluates how biologic and social risk and resilience factors alter trajectories of communicative and socio-emotional development in groups of infants and children at risk for developmental problems due to stressors such as premature birth, poverty, intrauterine drug exposure, developmental disorders, violence exposure, child maltreatment, or maternal depression. I am especially interested in examining whether parent-child communicative, mutual emotion regulatory, and joint attentional processes observed during social interaction mediate the association between contextual factors and children’s outcomes in different at risk groups. I also study similar issues in typically developing samples of children from varying racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The primary goal in both the at-risk and normative studies is to identify specific factors from multiple ecological levels of influence (child, parental, dyadic, familial, and socio-ecological) that foster resilient outcomes for children and parents.


  • BA: University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MA, PhD: University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana & Harvard University

Awards and grants

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, with special commendation for mentoring undergraduate students, Wayne State University, 2016

Role: PI; RO1-HD044068, “Mutual regulation in very low birth weight preschoolers“ (2004-2007)

Role: Co-Investigator; RO1 EB01998 (D. Levine, PI), “MRI of fetal ventriculomegaly: Morphology and outcome” (2004-2009)

Role: PI; RO1-HD048841; "Mutual regulatory processes in Black mother-infant dyads" (2006-2010)

Role: Mentor; KO1 (C. Trentacosta, PI), “Transmission mechanisms of emotion regulation and externalizing problems" (2009-2014)

Role: Co-Investigator; PTDC/PSI-EDD 110682/2009, Foundation for Science and Technology (Portuguese Republic & European Union, (M. Fuertes, PI). "Touchpoints: Study of the contributions of child self-regulation, maternal behavior, and intervention with the NBAS to quality of attachment in the first year of life".  (2009-2014)

Role: Faculty Research Mentor, NIH BUILD Initiative (ReBUILD Detroit) (A. Mathur, PI) (2014-present)

Role: Faculty Research Mentor, APA Summer Scholars Program (SUROP Award) (A. Cano, PI), 2016

Role: Co-Investigator, Multiple PI R21 NIEHS, "Consequences of prenatal toxicant exposure on fetal brain function" (2015-2018)

Role: Co-Investigator, Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Republic & European Union) (M. Fuertes, PI). "Role of maternal sensitivity and infant self-regulation on infant attachment in very and extreme preterm infants" (2017-2020)

Selected publications

*denotes student or postdoctoral author

Beeghly, M., Ware, J., Soul, J., du Plessis, A., Khwaja, O., Malik, G.*, Robson, C., Robertson, R., Poussaint, T., Barnewolt, C., Feldman, H., Estroff, J., & Levine, D. (2010). Neurodevelopmental outcomes of fetuses referred for ventriculomegaly. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 35, 405-416.

Tronick, E. & Beeghly, M. (2011). Infants’ meaning-making and the development of mental health problems. American Psychologist, 66 (2), 107-119.

Beeghly, M., & Tronick, E. (2011). Early resilience in the context of parent-infant relationships: A social development perspective. Current Problems in Pediatric and  Adolescent Health Care, 41 (7), 197-201.

Cabrera, NJ., Beeghly, M., & Eisenberg, N. (2012). Positive development of minority children: Introduction to the special issue. Child Development Perspectives, 6(3), 207-209.   

DeSantis, A.*, Harkins, D.A., Tronick, E., Kaplan, E., & Beeghly, M.  (2011). Exploring an integrative model of infant behavior:  What is the relationship among  temperament, sensory processing, and neurobehavioral measures?  Infant Behavior & Development, 34, 280-292.

Pier, D.B., Levine, D., Kataoka, M.L., Estroff, J.A., Werdich, X.O., Ware, J., Beeghly, M., Poussaint, T.Y., Duplessis, A., Li, Y., Feldman, H.A. (2011).  Magnetic resonance volumetric assessments of brains in fetuses with ventriculomegaly correlated to outcomes. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 30(5), 595-603.

Rose-Jacobs, R., Soenksen, S.*, Appulgliese D, Cabral H, Richardson MA, Beeghly, M., Heeren T, & Frank DA. (2011). Early adolescent executive functions:  Intrauterine exposures or own drug use? Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 33, 379-392.

Stacks, A.M., Beeghly, M., Partridge, R., & Dexter, C.* (2011). Effects of placement type on the language developmental trajectories of maltreated children from infancy to early childhood. Child Maltreatment, 16 (4), 287-299. 

Fuertes, M., Beeghly, M., Lopes-dos-Santos, P., & Tronick, E. (2011). Predictors of infant positive, negative, and self-directed coping during the Face-to-Face Still-Face paradigm in a Portuguese preterm sample. Análise Psicológica, 29 (4), 553-565.

Rose-Jacobs, R., Augustyn, M., Beeghly, M., Martin, B., Cabral, H., Heeren, T., Richardson, M.A., & Frank, D.A. (2012). In utero substance exposures and Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-II scores at 11 years. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy, and Care, 7 (2), 186-197.

Dexter, C.A.*, Wong, K.*, Stacks, A.M., Beeghly, M., & Barnett, D. (2013). Parenting and attachment among low-income African American and Caucasian preschoolers. Journal of Family Psychology, 27 (4): 629-638.

Easterbrooks, M.A., Bartlett, J.D.*, Beeghly, M., & Thompson, R.A. (2013). Social and emotional development in infancy. In R. Lerner, M.A. Easterbrooks, J. Mistry, & Weiner,  I.B. (Eds.), Handbook of psychology, 2nd edition: Volume 6: Developmental psychology (pp. 91-120). New York: John Wiley.

Sravish, A.V.*, Tronick, E., Hollenstein, T., & Beeghly, M. (2013).  Dyadic flexibility during the Face-to-Face Still-Face paradigm: A dynamic systems analysis of its temporal organization. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 432-437.

Cabrera, N.J., and the SRCD Ethnic/Racial Issues Committee (Natasha Cabrera, Chair; Marjorie Beeghly; C.Brown; J. Casas; N.Palacios; J. Phinney; M. Rodriguez; S. Rowley; C. Santos; E. Smith; M. Smith-Bynum; & D. Witherspoon). (2013). Positive development of minority children. Social Policy Report, 27 (2), 1-22. 

Martinez-Torteya, C.*, Dayton, C. J.*, Beeghly, M., Seng, J., McGinnis, E.*, Broderick, A.*, Rosenblum, K., & Muzik, M. (2014). Maternal parenting predicts infant biobehavioral regulation among women with a history of childhood maltreatment. Development & Psychopathology, 26 (2), 379-392.

Beeghly, M., Rose-Jacobs, R., Martin, B., Cabral, H.J., Heeren, T., & Frank, D.A. (2014). Level of intrauterine cocaine exposure and neuropsychological test scores in preadolescence: Subtle effects on auditory attention and narrative memory. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 45, 1-17.

Stacks, A.M., Muzik, M., Wong, K.*, Beeghly, M., Huth-Bocks, A., Irwin, J*., & Rosenblum, K.L. (2014). Reflective functioning among mothers with childhood maltreatment histories:  Links to sensitive parenting and infant attachment security. Attachment and Human Development, 16 (5), 515-533.

Huth-Bocks, A., Muzik, M., Beeghly, M., Earls, L*. Rosenblum, K.L. (2014). Secure base scripts are associated with maternal parenting behavior across contexts and reflective functioning among trauma-exposed mothers. Attachment and Human Development,16 (6), 535-556.

McGinnis, E.*, Bocknek, E.*, Beeghly, M., Rosenblum, K., Busuito, A.*, & Musik, M. (2015). Does child sex moderate vulnerability to postpartum risk among infants of  mothers at high-risk for psychopathology? Infancy, 20(1), 42-69

Martinez-Torteya, C., Muzik, M., McGinnis, E.*, Rosenblum, K., Bocknek, E.L., Beeghly, M., DeCator, N., & Abelson.  (2015). Longitudinal examination of infant baseline and reactivity cortisol from ages 7 to 16 months. Developmental Psychobiology, 57 (3), 356-364.  

Richardson, M.A., Grant-Knight, W., Beeghly, M., Rose-Jacobs, R., Chen, C.A., Appugliese, D.P., Cabral, H.J., Liebschutz, J.M., & Frank, D.A. (2015). Psychological  distress among school-aged children with and without intrauterine cocaine exposure: Perinatal versus contextual effects. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44 (3), 547-560.

Beeghly, M., Perry, B., & Tronick, E. (2016). Self-regulatory processes in early development. In S. Maltzman (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of treatment processes and  outcomes in counseling psychology: A multidisciplinary biopsychosocial approach (pp 42-54). New York: Oxford University Press.

Fuertes, M., Faria, A*., Beeghly, M., & Lopes-dos-Santos, P. (2016). The effects of parental sensitivity and involvement in caregiving on mother-infant and father-infant attachment. Journal of Family Psychology, 30 (1), 147-156.

Morelan, D.*, Menke, R.A.*, Rosenblum, K.L., Beeghly, M., & Muzik, M. (2016). Understanding bidirectional mother-infant affective displays across contexts: Effects of maternal maltreatment history, depression, and PTSD. Psychopathology, 49 (4).

Irwin, J.L.*, Beeghly, M., Rosenblum, K.L., & Muzik, M.  (2016). Positive predictors of quality of life for postpartum mothers with a history of child maltreatment. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, doi: 10.1007/s00737-016-0653-1.

Muzik, M., Morelan, D.,* Hruschak, J.,* Rosenblum, K.L., Bocknek, E., & Beeghly, M. (2017). Psychopathology and parenting: An examination of perceived and observed parenting in mothers with depression and PTSD. Journal of Affective Disorders, 207, 242-250.

Beeghly, M., Partridge, T., Tronick, E., Muzik, M., Rahimian, Mashhadi, M.*, Boeve, J.L.*, & Irwin, J.L.* (2017). Associations between early maternal depressive symptom trajectories and toddlers' felt security at 18 months: Are boys and girls at differential risk? Infant Mental Health Journal38 (1), 53-67. 

Delonis, M.S.*, Beeghly, M., & Irwin, J.L.* (2017). Mother-toddler interaction quality as a predictor of developmental and behavioral outcomes in a very preterm   sample. Merrill-Palmer Research Quarterly, 63 (1), 15-53. Note:  Lead author position is equally shared by Delonis and Beeghly.

Montgomery, S.*, Gregg, D. H., Somers, C. L., Pernice-Duca, F., Hoffman, A., & Beeghly, M. (2017).  Intrapersonal variables associated with academic adjustment in college students. Current Psychology, doi: 10.1007/s12144-016-9533-0

Gaskins, S., Beeghly, M., Bard, K.A., Gernhardt, A.*, Liu, C.H., Teti, D.M., Thompson, R.A., Weisner, T.S., & Yovsi, R.D. (2017).Meaning and methods in the study of attachment.  In H. Keller, & K.A. Bard (Eds.), The cultural nature of attachment: Contextualizing relationships and development.  Strungmann Forum Reports, vol 22, J. Lupp series editor (pp. 195-229). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Note: This chapter was a collaborative team production, with all authors substantially contributing. This book was chosen to be the winner of the 2018 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award.

Gaskins, S., Beeghly, M., Bard, K.A., Gernhardt, A.*, Liu, C.H., Teti, D.M., Thompson, R.A., Weisner, T.S., & Yovsi, R.D. (2017). Implications for policy and practice. In H. Keller, & K.A. Bard (Eds.), The cultural nature of attachment: Contextualizing relationships and development.  Strungmann Forum Reports, vol 22, J. Lupp series editor (pp. 321-333).  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Note: This chapter was a collaborative team production, with all authors substantially contributing. This book was chosen to be the winner of the 2018 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award.

Martinez-Torteya, C., Rosenblum, K.L., Beeghly, M., Oppenheim, D., Koren-Karie, N., & Muzik, M. (2018). Maternal insightfulness protects against the effects of postpartum stress on positive parenting among at-risk mother-infant dyads. Attachment and Human Development, doi: 10.1080/14616734.2018.1446735

Thomason, M.E., Hect, J., Waller, Rebecca, Manning, J.H., Stacks, A.M., Beeghly, M., Boeve, J.L., Wong, K., van den Heuvel, M.I., Hernandez-Andrade, E., Hassan, S.S., & Romero, R. (2018). Prenatal neural origins of infant motor development: Associations between fetal brain and infant behavioral development. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 763-772.

Barbosa, M., Tronick, E., Moreira, J., Beeghly, M., & Fuertes, M. (2018).Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS): Confirmatory factor analysis of the six behavioral clusters. Early Human Development, 124, 1-6.

Barbosa, M., Beeghly, M., Moreira, J., Tronick, E., & Fuertes, M.  (2018, in press). Robust stability and physiological correlates of infants’ patterns of regulatory behavior in the still-face paradigm at 3 and 9 months. To appear in Developmental Psychology.

Courses taught by Marjorie Beeghly

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022