Interests: Early personality development, parent-child relationships over the life span. Effects of child care. Evaluation research for early child care intervention programs. Infants’ and children’s sleep.

Dr. Weinraub is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University and Chairperson of the Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.

Dr. Weinraub has published widely on the effects of early childcare, single parenting, and maternal employment on parent-child relationships and child development. A national leader in childcare research, Dr. Weinraub testified concerning the effects of early childcare before the U.S. Congress in 1997 in hearings conducted by the Women’s Congressional Caucus. Dr. Weinraub was a Principal Investigator on Phases 1 through 3 of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a national longitudinal project investigating variations in early childcare in infants and toddlers and the effect of these variations on children’s social, emotional, and intellectual development from 1989 through 2004 and co-investigator on the adolescence phase. With Dr. Anne Shlay and Michelle Harmon, Dr. Weinraub has evaluated childcare intervention and subsidy programs. They completed a two-year project funded by the William Penn Foundation of the effects of childcare subsidies on parental employment, child and family outcomes in low-income families with different ethnic backgrounds. They also completed, in 2010, another project funded by the William Penn Foundation examining the effects of child care subsidies on children’s school readiness and school performance.

Current members of the Family and Child Research Policy (FCRP) lab team are colleague Judith Stull, sociologist at LaSalle University and Temple University, Nicole Sorhagen, expecting PhD 2014, Joan Foley, and several undergraduate and senior honors students.

Dr. Weinraub was awarded her B.A. from Brandeis University in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1975.


2013-1-6 Sleep findings

Patterns of Developmental Change in Infants’ Nighttime Sleep Awakenings from 6 through 36 Months of Age

On the Study of Parenting and Attachment

Overview of Attachment (PDF) 

Infant-Mother Attachment Security (PDF) 

Predicting Separation Anxiety (PDF)

Infant-Mother Attachment Classification (PDF) 

Stability of Parenting Behavior (PDF)

Child Care Effects in Context (PDF) 

Familial Factors – Non Maternal Care for Infants (NICHD) (PDF) 

Effects of Infant Child Care on Infant Mother Attachment Security (NICHD) (PDF) 

Single Parenthood Review Chapter 

The Dynamics of Parenting Sensitivity of Mothers and Fathers from Early through Middle Childhood(PDF)

Patterns of Developmental Change in Infants’ Nighttime Sleep Awakenings from 6 through 36 Months ofAge (PDF)

Information for the public about our findings published November 2012 in Developmental Psychology (Word)

On the Study of Child Care Quality and Subsidies

Teasing apart the child care conundrum 

Catch-22 (PDF) 

Barriers to Subsidies (PDF) 

Subsidizing Child Care (PDF) 

How Parents Evaluate Child Care (Word) 

Child Care Improvement on a Shoestring (PDF) 

Child Care Options and Outcomes (PDF) 

Subsidized Children’s Preschool Experiences: A Longitudinal Analysis (PDF)

Issues in Preschool Assessment

CIRCL Final Report (PDF) 

NAEYC June 2004 (PPT) 

Selecting Preschool Instruments (PPT)

On Preschool Education in Pennsylvania

Family Survey Exec. Summary (PDF) 

Recent Reports for Foundations

Building Better Child Care

Leaving Welfare for Employment

Racial and Ethnic Differences

Getting a Jumpstart on Literacy

An Overview of Research in our Lab

Overview of Lab Research (PPT)

The Development of Sleep Trajectories in Infants and Young Children (PPT)



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