Antonia Bifulco

Toni BifulcoAntonia Bifulco joined Middlesex in July 2013, together with the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Centre (CATS) which she co-directs. She was previously at Kingston University, having spent most of her career at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research is focused on social and lifespan influences on psychological disorder and she has investigated childhood experience, adversity and attachment style intergenerationally. She is an advocate of intensive interview measures and together with the CATS team runs training courses for researchers and practitioners on attachment style, childhood neglect/abuse and parenting. She currently directs an ESRC grant on designing an online interview on life events and difficulties in relation to depression and physical illness.

Bifulco is a psychologist who has worked in the area of clinical disorder and psycho-social risk across the lifespan since 1980. Her PhD studies at Bedford College, University of London focused on the long term impact of childhood loss of mother on depression. Her career developed in the Social Research Team headed by Prof. George Brown and Tirril Harris, investigating life stress, vulnerability and depression in women. In 1990 on Prof. Brown’s retirement she took over the team renamed the ‘Lifespan Research Group’ and completed an MRC programme grant. The team continued with a more applied focus after that time, working together with voluntary and statutory health and social care agencies to help improve assessment and practice.

Bifulco earned her BA Psychology from University of Exeter; Postgraduate  Diploma in Social Science and PhD in Social Science both from University of London. She is also a fellow of Royal Society of Arts; Associate Fellow, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist at British Psychological Society.

Credits to Middlesex University

Published: 12 May 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015


Jennifer Ablow

Jennifer AblowJennifer Ablow ‘s research interests are in the area of social development and developmental psychopathology, with an emphasis on understanding how psychobiological and family factors combine to influence individual adaptation. Specifically, her work focuses on understanding how the psychological and physiological properties of emotional arousal and styles of emotional regulation in one sub-system of the family shape similar processes in other familial sub-systems. From a developmental psychopathology and family research perspective, she has examined how emotional arousal and the regulation of arousal in the marital relationship can “spill-over” to and shape children’s psychological and emotional development. An important aspect of this work has been the development of ways to assess how young children perceive and make sense of their family environment.

More recently, her work incorporates biologically-based perspectives to further examine inter-personal emotional regulation and child development. In current research, she is exploring the relation between parental internal working models of attachment, physiological arousal, and behavioural sensitivity in response to infant emotional communication (e.g., attachment cues).

She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Her selected publications include:

  • Graham, A.M., Ablow, J.C. & Measelle, J.R. (in press). Interparental relationship dynamics and cardiac vagal functioning in infancy. Infant Behavior and Development.
  • Ablow, J.C., Measelle, J.R., Cowan, P.A., & Cowan, C.P. (2009). Linking marital conflict and children’s adjustment: The role of young children’s perceptions. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 485-499.
  • Conradt, E., & Ablow, J.C. (2010). Infant physiological response to the Still-Face Paradigm: Contributions of maternal sensitivity and infants’ early regulatory behavior. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 251-265.

Credits to University of Oregon

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Jamie Ostrov

Jamie OstrovJamie Ostrov is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology programme at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Ostrov is also the Director of the Social Development Laboratory at the University at Buffalo. As a developmental psychologist, Ostrov’s research focuses on understanding the development of subtypes of aggression in young children.

Ostrov has published his research in a variety of top peer-reviewed journals including: Child Development, Development & Psychopathology, and Psychological Review. Ostrov is an associate editor at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Ostrov obtained his MA and PhD in Child (Developmental) Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received an MSEd. in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) at Colgate University.

Credits to University of Buffalo

Published: 16 March 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015