Postdoc, Northwestern University (2012 - 2015)
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park (2012)
M.S., University of Maryland, College Park (2008)
B.A., Washington & Lee University (2006)
Family relationships; peer relationships; stress; health disparities, social determinants of health; inflammation
My research focuses on how children's social experiences shape their mental and physical health across the lifespan. My colleagues and I utilize a variety of research methods to evaluate social and emotional functioning, including structured behavioral observations, clinical interviews, self-reports, and performance-based tasks. In addition, we incorporate a number of health assessments, including clinical health measures and indices of cellular function.
Ongoing research projects explore:
- Links between chronic and acute stress and children's antibody production following vaccination (supported by NIH New Innovator Award)
- Intergenerational transmission of health disparities (supported by NICHD)
- Cognitive development, academic achievement, depression, and proinflammatory phenotypes in children (supported by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Jacobs Foundation)
- Predictors of weathering and accelerated aging among rural African Americans (supported by NICHD)
Ehrlich, K. B., Miller, G. E., Shalowitz, M., Story, R., Levine, C., Williams, D., Le, V., & Chen, E. (in press). Secure base representations in children with asthma: Links with symptoms, family asthma management, and cytokine regulation. Child Development.
Ehrlich, K. B. (2019). Attachment and psychoneuroimmunology. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 96-100.
Ehrlich, K. B., Chen, E., Yu, T., Miller, G. E., & Brody, G. H. (2019). Exposure to parental depression in adolescence and risk for metabolic syndrome in adulthood. Child Development, 90, 1272-1285.
Ehrlich, K. B., Ross, K. M., Chen, E., & Miller, G. E. (2016). Testing the biological embedding hypothesis: Is early life adversity associated with a later proinflammatory phenotype? Development & Psychopathology, 28, 1273-1283.
Ehrlich, K. B., Miller, G. E., Scheide, T., Baveja, S., Weiland, R., Galvin, J., Mehta, J., & Penedo, F. (2016). Pre-transplant emotional support is associated with longer survival after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 51, 1594-1598.
Ehrlich, K. B., Richards, J., Lejuez, C. W., & Cassidy, J. (2016). When parents and adolescents disagree about disagreeing: Observed parent-adolescent communication predicts informant discrepancies. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26, 380-389.
Ehrlich, K. B., Miller, G. E., Rohleder, N., & Adam, E. K. (2016). Trajectories of relationship stress and inflammatory processes in adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 127-138.