Postdoc, Northwestern University
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; social determinants of health; inflammation
My research focuses on how children's social experiences shape their mental and physical health. 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:
- Early life adversity and pro-inflammatory phenotypes in adolescence
- Parental depression trajectories and youth physical health
- Family functioning and inflammation in children with asthma
- Chronic stressors and antibody production following vaccination
- Skin deep resilience
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. (in press). Attachment and psychoneuroimmunology. Current Opinion in Psychology.
Ehrlich, K. B., Chen, E., Yu, T., Miller, G. E., & Brody, G. H. (in press). Exposure to parental depression in adolescence and risk for metabolic syndrome in adulthood. Child Development.
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.