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El profesorado, el personal y los facilitadores nacionales del Brazelton Touchpoints Center representan un equipo multidisciplinar de agentes de cambio, educadores en desarrollo infantil temprano, psicólogos, pediatras, enfermeras pediátricas y otros expertos en desarrollo y comportamiento infantil temprano, formadores en desarrollo profesional, directores de proyectos, evaluadores de programas, estadísticos, profesionales de la participación comunitaria y mucho más. Del mismo modo, nuestras sedes de Touchpoints Training proceden de 33 estados y más de 100 comunidades, desde las urbanas hasta las rurales, y todo lo que hay entre ellas.

Katie Kao, PhD

Research & Evaluation Lead; Staff Scientist, Boston Children’s Hospital


Team: Research and Evaluation


PhD, Developmental Science, Boston University, Boston, MA

MA, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA

BA, Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


Dr. Kao is a developmental psychologist with expertise in early child development, neuropsychological assessments, and psychophysiological impacts of early childhood adversity. She joined the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in 2018 where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood applied research and evaluation before joining the Research and Evaluation team as a full-time Project Director.

In her current role, she leads and supports several evaluation projects of ongoing intervention studies, community multi-level studies on implementation of a range of services in early care, health care, and other social and community organizations. Her studies focus on understanding how strengthening early care and education systems and the workforce can impact the social-emotional health and wellness of children and families.

For nine years, Dr. Kao has worked in the field of early childhood research, presenting and publishing on biological and ecological frameworks that underlie socio-emotional outcomes and school readiness in young children.

Areas of Interest:

Emotion regulation
Executive functioning
Biological stress
Early adversity
School readiness

Selected Publications:

Kao, K., Tuladhar, C.T., & Tarullo, A.R. (2020). Parental and family level socio-contextual correlates of emergent emotion regulation: Implications for early social competence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 1630-1641. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01706-4

Kao, K., Tuladhar, C.T., Meyer, J.S., & Tarullo, A.R. (2019). Emotion regulation moderates the association between parent and child hair cortisol concentrations. Developmental Psychobiology, 61, 1064-1078. doi: 10.1002/dev.21850

Kao, K., Nayak, S., Doan, S.N., & Tarullo, A.R. (2018). Relations between parent EF and child EF: The role of socioeconomic status and caregiving on executive functioning in early childhood. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 4, 122-137 doi: 10.1037/tps0000154

Kao, K., Doan, S.N., St. John, A.M., Meyer, J.S., & Tarullo, A.R. (2018). Salivary cortisol reactivity in preschoolers is associated with hair cortisol and behavioral problems. Stress, 21, 28-35. doi: 10.1080/10253890.2017.1391210

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