Elizabeth Kiel

Elizabeth Kiel

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 529-5430
313 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Teaching Interests:

At the undergraduate level, I am interested in teaching courses that cover topics of both clinical issues and normal developmental processes, such as Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities and Lifespan Developmental Psychology. I have also taught a developmental seminar on the psychology of parenting. I have taught graduate courses in Emotion and Emotion Regulation, Developmental Psychopathology, and statistics.

Research Interests:

My research focuses on understanding the etiology of childhood anxiety disorders within a developmental psychopathology framework. My work has aimed to clarify how early fearful/inhibited temperament predicts risk for anxiety-spectrum problems, with a particular focus on emotion processes (awareness, reactivity, regulation) involved in transactional influences occurring between anxiety-prone children and their parents. Much of this work has focused on early childhood, from toddlerhood to early school-age, which is a fascinating time for the emergence of children’s independent behavior and emotion regulation and an important developmental period for the influence of parents. I use multi-method assessments, including observation of temperament, parenting, and emotion processes; surveys; and psychophysiological techniques, such as analyzing both children’s and parents’ hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity, as well as maternal cardiac and EEG activity, when children encounter novel, uncertain situations. This research was recently awarded an R15 AREA grant from NICHD to examine how maternal emotion processes determine when temperamentally fearful children elicit overcontrolling parenting behavior. This basic research will inform the development of prevention efforts that consider anxiety development as occurring through transactional interactions between children and their environments.

Professional Recognition:

  • NICHD R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship
  • APA Dissertation Award
  • University of Missouri Mark H. Thelen Outstanding Clinical Graduate Student Award
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Representative Publications:

Kiel, E. J., Buss, K. A., & Molitor, J. G. (in press). Kindergarteners’ self-reported social inhibition and observed social reticence: Moderation by adult-reported social inhibition and Social Anxiety Disorder symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Hummel, A. C. & Kiel, E. J. (in press).  Maternal depressive symptoms, maternal behavior and toddler internalizing outcomes: A moderated mediation model. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Premo, J. E. & Kiel, E. J. (2014). The effect of toddler emotion regulation on maternal emotion socialization: Moderation by toddler gender. Emotion, 14, 782-793.

Kiel, E. J., & Buss, K. A. (2013). Toddler inhibited temperament, maternal cortisol reactivity and embarrassment, and intrusive parenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 512-517.

Kiel, E.J., & Maack, D. J. (2012). Maternal BIS sensitivity, overprotective parenting, and children’s internalizing problems. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 257-262.

Kiel, E. J., & Buss, K. A. (2011). Prospective relations among fearful temperament, protective parenting, and social withdrawal: The role of maternal accuracy in a moderated mediation framework. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 953-966.

Kiel, E. J., & Kalomiris, A. E. (in press). Correlates and consequences of toddler cortisol reactivity to fear. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 

Kiel, E. J., Premo, J. E., & Buss, K. A. (in press). Curvilinear effects of maternal encouragement to approach novelty on the development of anxiety for temperamentally fearful toddlers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Kiel, E. J., Buss, K. A., & Molitor, J. G. (2015). Kindergarteners’ self-reported social inhibition and observed social reticence: Moderation by adult-reported social inhibition and Social Anxiety Disorder symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 531-542.