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Cathryn Booth-LaForce PhD, FAPS

Adjunct Professor, University of Washington, Department of Psychology
Affiliate, UW Center on Human Development and Disability
Affiliate Faculty, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Cathryn Booth-LaForce is a developmental psychologist and Professor in the department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the social-emotional development of children, primarily from the perspective of attachment theory. In longitudinal projects spanning infancy to late adolescence, she investigates early experiences in various contexts to examine their current and ongoing impact on development and adaptive (or maladaptive) outcomes. Her areas of expertise include caregiver-child relationships, parenting, peer relationships, and friendships, as well as early preventive intervention programs for children and families at risk.

Dr. Booth-LaForce was one of the principal investigators of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a 10-site longitudinal study of over 1300 families nationwide. She and her colleagues used an ecological model to examine the effects of various aspects of child care, the home environment, school, and the out-of-school environment on children’s development from birth through age 15 years. Her follow-up study of the sample at age 18 focusing on social-emotional outcomes and adult attachment yielded the largest longitudinal dataset to date on attachment security from infancy to late adolescence, and provided an unprecedented opportunity for her and her colleagues to test developmental models of importance to the field.

She also engages in research on yoga, mindfulness, and other complementary and integrative health (CIH) topics. She is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded postdoctoral training grant focusing on producing the next generation of CIH researchers who are well-prepared to engage in clinical and translational research while also understanding CIH clinical practice and modalities.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2018 Excellence In Neuroscience Education, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • Elected member, Washington State Academy of Sciences


  • PhD, The Ohio State University, 1974

What classes do you teach?

None currently

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love the dedicated faculty.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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