Susan S. Woodhouse, Ph.D.
Susan S. Woodhouse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University in the Department of Education and Human Services. She is a core faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at Lehigh University, and is the director of the Caregiving, Attachment, and Regulation of Emotion (CARE) Lab. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.
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Dr. Woodhouse earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, with Dr. Charlie Gelso as her advisor. She then went on to do a research post-doc at the University of Maryland funded by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), with Dr. Jude Cassidy as her sponsor and post-doc mentor. The goal of that project was to investigate the roles of maternal attachment and psychotherapy process in explaining differential outcomes of a brief, attachment-based intervention with low-income mothers and their irritable infants.
Dr. Woodhouse’s current research focuses on attachment in both the context of psychotherapy and the context of families and parenting. Her research examines attachment and emotion regulation in families, preventive intervention with families with infants and children, attachment and the process and outcome of parenting interventions as well as in counseling with adults, and cultural variations in parenting. In addition, Dr. Woodhouse is engaged in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in the African American and Latino communities to address mental health disparities.
Dr. Woodhouse has a $2.4 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study links between maternal caregiving and the development of attachment and emotion regulation in the infants of low-income mothers. This research project uses a longitudinal design with a racially and ethnically diverse, urban, low-SES sample to examine the relative predictive utility of two competing conceptualizations of maternal caregiving in predicting infant stress reactivity (as indexed by cortisol and alpha-amylase), physiological indicators of emotion regulation (i.e., vagal tone), and behavioral problems (e.g., internalizing and externalizing problems), so as to better understand links between caregiving and later emotion regulation. Finally, in order to better understand the correlates of maternal caregiving behavior, Dr. Woodhouse will examine the role of maternal stress reactivity and maternal physiological regulation in caregiving. The ultimate goal of the project is to address critical gaps in research that have impeded efforts to improve intervention and address mental health disparities for diverse, urban, low-SES infants.
Dr. Woodhouse currently serves as the Science and Scholarship Domain Representative on the Division of Psychotherapy Board of Directors. Dr. Woodhouse began her involvement in governance for Division 29 by serving for a year as the Associate Chair for the Psychotherapy Research Committee and two years as the Chair of the Psychotherapy Research Committee. She then went on to serve a three-year term as the Early Career Domain Representative. She would be happy to speak with any Early Career Psychologists or Psychologists-in-Training who would like to learn more about how to become involved in the Division or about how involvement in the Division could be beneficial to them.
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