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Family Involvement Laboratory (FIL)


Chen, Y., Cabrera, N., & Reich, S. (2023). Mother-child and father-child “serve and return” interactions at 9 months: Associations with children’s language skills at 18 and 24 months. Infant Behavior and Development, 73. 

Fagan, J., & Cabrera, N. (2023). Trajectories of low‐income mothers’ and fathers’ engagement in learning activities and child socioemotional skills in middle childhoodSocial Development32(2), 672-689. PDF

Reich, S. M., Dahlin, M., Tulagan, N., Kerlow, M., Cabrera, N., Piroutek, M. J., & Heyming, T. (2023). Caregivers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and their children’s behaviorJournal of Family Issues44(4), 1093-1112. PDF

Reich, S. M., Liu, Y., Tulagan, N., Martin, E., Dahlin, M., & Cabrera, N. (2023). Applying a family stress model to understand US families’ patterns of stress, media use, and child behavior during the COVID-19 pandemicJournal of Children and Media, 1-20. PDF

Silver, A. M., Chen, Y., Smith, D. K., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., Cabrera, N., & Libertus, M. E. (2023). Mothers’ and fathers’ engagement in math activities with their toddler sons and daughters: The moderating role of parental math beliefsFrontiers in Psychology14.

Fagan, J., Cabrera, N., & Ghosh, R. (2023). Explaining the long reach of prenatal behaviors and attitudes in unmarried men at birth on father engagement in early and middle childhood and adolescenceDevelopmental Psychology59(1), 84. PDF

Busch, J., Cabrera, N., Ialuna, F., Buchmüller, T., & Leyendecker, B. (2022). Refugee children’s early development during attendance of specialized preschool programs and transition into first grade in GermanyEarly Education and Development33(8), 1304-1325. PDF

Chen, Y., Cabrera, N. J., Alonso, A., Ghosh, R., & McDorman, S. A. (2022). Fathers’ Participation in Early Childhood Programs. In Social Work Practice with Fathers: Engagement, Assessment, and Intervention (pp. 225-244). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Deneault, A. A., Cabrera, N. J., & Bureau, J. F. (2022). A meta‐analysis on observed paternal and maternal sensitivityChild Development93(6), 1631-1648.

Iruka, I. U., Cabrera, N., & Páez, M. (2022). Supporting and engaging with diverse families during the early years: emerging approaches that matter for children and familiesEarly Childhood Research Quarterly60, 390-393. PDF

Cabrera, N., He, M., Chen, Y., & Reich, S. M. (2022). Risks and protective factors of Hispanic families and their young children during the COVID-19 pandemicChildren9(6), 792. PDF

Cabrera, N. J. (2022). Commentary: Recognizing our similarities and celebrating our differences–parenting across cultures as a lens toward social justice and equityJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry63(4), 480-483. PDF

Prieto, F., Cabrera, N. J., Alonso, A., & Ghosh, R. (2022). Cultural and Sociopolitical Influences on African American and Latinx FathersHandbook of the Psychology of Fatherhood, 239-260. PDF

Cabrera, N., Alonso, A., Chen, Y., & Ghosh, R. (2022). Latinx families’ strengths and resilience contribute to their well-beingNational research center on hispanic children and families.

Deneault, A. A., Cabrera, N., Ghosh, R. A., Tölle, A. S., Seethaler, J., Majdandžić, M., & Reich, S. M. (2022). Challenging parenting behavior in ethnically diverse two-parent families in the United States: Association with infants’ social competence and behavior problemsEarly childhood research quarterly58, 115-124. PDF

Cabrera, N., Chen, Y., Hennigar, A., Alonso, A., & Ghosh, R. (2022). The Role of Fathers in Caregiving. In A. Morris & J. Mendez Smith (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Parenting(Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology, pp. 332-352). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108891400.019. PDF

Cabrera, N. J., Alonso, A., & Chen, Y. (2021). Parenting Contributions to Latinx Children’s Development in the Early Years. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science696(1), 158-178. PDF

Alonso, A., Kerlow, M., & Cabrera, N. (2021). “Latinxs and Family.” Oxford Bibliographies in “Latino Studies.” Ed. I. Stavans. New York: Oxford University 

Cabrera, N. J., Hennigar, A., Alonso, A., McDorman, S. A., & Reich, S. M. (2021). The protective effects of maternal and paternal factors on children’s social developmentAdversity and resilience science2, 85-98. PDF


Kuhns, C., & Cabrera, N. J. (2020). Low-income Latino mothers’ and fathers’ control strategies and toddler complianceJournal of Latinx Psychology8(3), 221. PDF

McKee, K., Cabrera, N., Alonso, A., Turcios, M., & Reich, S. (2021). Determinants of fathers’ and mothers’ involvement in a parenting interventionPsychology of Men & Masculinities22(3), 521. PDF

Hennigar, A., Cabrera, N. J., & Chen, Y. (2020). The role of fathers and their young children’s social developmentHandbook of fathers and child development: Prenatal to preschool, 339-355. 

Cabrera, N. J., Jeong Moon, U., Fagan, J., West, J., & Aldoney, D. (2020). Cognitive stimulation at home and in child care and children’s preacademic skills in two‐parent families. Child Development91(5), 1709-1717. 

Karberg, E., Cabrera, N., Malin, J., & Kuhns, C. (2019). Chapter VI: Longitudinal Contributions of Maternal and Paternal Intrusive Behaviors to Children’s Sociability and Sustained Attention at PrekindergartenMonographs of the Society for Research in Child Development84(1), 79. PDF

Cabrera, N. J., Hennigar, A., Yumiseva-Lackenbacher, M., & Galindo, C. (2019). Young Latinx children: At the intersections of race and socioeconomic statusAdvances in child development and behavior57, 65-99. PDF

Cabrera, N. J., Karberg, E., & Fagan, J. (2019). Family structure change among Latinos: Variation by ecologic riskJournal of family issues40(15), 2123-2145. PDF

Leyendecker, B., Cabrera, N., Lembcke, H., Willard, J., Kohl, K., & Spiegler, O. (2018). Parenting in a new landEuropean Psychologist.

Dyer, W. J., Fagan, J., Kaufman, R., Pearson, J., & Cabrera, N. (2018). Self‐perceived coparenting of nonresident fathers: Scale development and validationFamily Process57(4), 927-946.

Cabrera, N. J., Volling, B. L., & Barr, R. (2018). Fathers are parents, too! Widening the lens on parenting for children's developmentChild Development Perspectives12(3), 152-157.

Karberg, E., & Cabrera, N. (2017). Family change and co-parenting in resident couples and children’s behavioral problemsJournal of family studies.

Schwab, J. F., Rowe, M. L., Cabrera, N., & Lew-Williams, C. (2018). Fathers’ repetition of words is coupled with children’s vocabulariesJournal of experimental child psychology166, 437-450. PDF

Cabrera, N. J., Karberg, E., Malin, J. L., & Aldoney, D. (2017). THE MAGIC OF PLAY: LOW‐INCOME MOTHERS’AND FATHERS’PLAYFULNESS AND CHILDREN'S EMOTION REGULATION AND VOCABULARY SKILLSInfant mental health journal38(6), 757-771. 

Cabrera, N., Malin, J., Kuhns, C., & West, J. (2017). The development and early home experiences of young Latino boys.

Padilla, C. M., Cabrera, N., & West, J. (2017). The development and home environments of low-income Hispanic children: Kindergarten to third grade.

Aldoney, D., & Cabrera, N. J. (2016). Raising American citizens: Socialization goals of low-income immigrant Latino mothers and fathers of young childrenJournal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 3607-3618. PDF

Cabrera, N., *Malin, J., Kuhns, C., & West, J. (2016). The early home environment of Latino boys and their peers: A developmental perspectiveInfant Mental Health Journal, 38(1), 97-114. doi: 10.1002/imhj.21620. 

Rowe, M. L., Leech, K. A., & Cabrera, N. J. (2016). Going beyond input quantity: Wh-Questions matter for toddlers' language and cognitive developmentCognitive Science.

Salo, V. C., Rowe, M. L., Leech, K. A., & Cabrera, N. J. (2016). Low-income fathers' speech to toddlers during book reading versus toy playJournal of Child Language, 43(6), 1385-99.

Cabrera, N., Fitzgerald, H., Bradley, R., & Roggman, L. (2014). The ecology of father-child relationships: An expanded model.Journal of Family Theory and Review, 6, 336-354. DOI: 10.1111/jftr.12054

Bradley, R.H., & Cabrera, N.J. (2014).Retooling: Evolution in research on fathers- A commentary. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(5), 523-526.

Malin, J. L., Cabrera, N.J., Karberg, E., Aldoney, D., & Rowe, M.L. (2014). Low-income minority fathers' control strategies and their children's regulatory skills. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Malin, J. L., Cabrera, N. J., & Rowe, M. L. (2014). Low-income minority mothers’ and fathers’ reading and children's interest: Longitudinal contributions to children's receptive vocabulary skillsEarly Childhood Research Quarterly, 4, 425-432.

Cabrera, N. J., Hofferth, S. L., & Hancock, G. (2014). Family structure, maternal employment, and change in children's externalizing problem behaviour: Differences by age and self-regulation. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-23.

Cabrera, N. J., Aldoney, D., & Tamis-LeMonda, C. S. (2013). Latino fathersHandbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 244.

Cabrera, N. J., Shannon, J. D., & Jolley-Mitchell, S. (2013). Coparenting in Latino families. In Gender Roles in Immigrant Families (pp. 9-25). Springer New York.

Malin, J. L., Karberg, E., Cabrera, N. J., Rowe, M., Cristaforo, T., & Tamis-LeMonda, C. S. (2012). Father–toddler communication in low-income families: The role of paternal education and depressive symptomsFamily Science3(3-4), 155-163.

Cabrera, N., Scott, M., Fagan, J., Steward-Streng, N., & Chien, N. (2012). Coparenting and children's school readiness: A mediational model. Special issue of Family Process on Coparenting in Fragile Families, 51(3), 307-324.

Cabrera, N., Tamis-LeMonda, C.S., Bradley, R., Shannon, J.D., & Hancock, G.R. (2012). Parenting during early childhood in low-income families: Variation by child gender.Family Science, 3, 201-214.

Cabrera, N., & Bradley, R. (2012). Latino fathers and their children. Child Development Perspectives, The Society for Research in Child Development, 6(3), 232-238.

Cabrera, N., Beeghly, M., & Eisenberg, N. (2012). Positive development of minority children: Introduction to the special issue. Child Development Perspectives, The Society for Research in Child Development, 6(3), 207-209.

Cabrera, N., Cook, G., McFadden, K., & Bradley, R. (2012). Father residence and father-child relationship quality: Peer relationships and externalizing behavior problems, Family Science.

Cabrera, N., Hofferth, S., & Chae, S. (2011). Patterns and predictors of father-infant engaement across race/ethnic groups,Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 365-375.

Cabrera, N., Fagan, J. V. Wight, & Schadler, C. (2011).The influence of mother, father and child risk on parenting and and children's cognitive and social behaviors. Child Development, 82(6), 1985-2005.

Cabrera, N., Shannon, J., & LaTaillade, J. (2009). Predictors of co-parenting in Mexican American families and direct effects on parenting and child social emotional development.Infant Mental Health Journal, 30, 2, 523-548. Doi:10.1002/imhj.20227.

Mitchell, S., & Cabrera, N. (2009). An Exploratory Study of Fathers’ Parenting Stress and Toddlers’ Social Development in Low-Income African American Families. Fathering,7(3), 201-225.

Shannon, J., Cabrera, N., Tamis-Lemonda, C., & Lamb, M. (2009). Who stays and who leaves? Father Accessibility Across Children's First Five Years. Parenting, Special Issue: Transition to Parenthood, 78-100.

Cabrera, N., Shannon, J., Mitchell, S., & West, J. (2009). Mexican American mothers and fathers’ prenatal attitudes and father prenatal involvement: Links to mother-infant interaction and father engagement. Sex Roles, 60, 510-526.

Cabrera, N., Fagan, J., & Farrie, D. (2008). Explaining the long reach of fathers’ prenatal involvement on later paternal engagement. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70(5), 1094-1107.

Cabrera, N.,Ryan, R., Jolley, S., Shannon, J., & Tamis-Lemonda, C. (2008). Low-income, nonresident father involvment with their toddlers: Variation by fathers' race and ethnicity. Journal of Family Psychology, 22(3), 643-647.

Cabrera, N., Shannon, J., & Tamis-LeMonda, C., (2007). Fathers' influence on their children’s cognitive and emotional development: From toddlers to pre-k. Applied Developmental Science. 11(4), 208-213.

Cabrera, N., Fitzgerald, H., Bradley, R., & Roggman, L. (2007). Modeling the dynamics of paternal influences on children over the life course. Applied Developmental Science. 11(4), 185-189.

Mitchell, S., See, H., Tarkow, A., Cabrera, N., McFadden, K., & Shannon, J. (2007). Conducting studies with fathers: Challenges and opportunities. Applied Developmental Science. 11(4), 239-244.

Cabrera, N., Shannon, J., West, J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2006). Parental interactions with Latino infants: Variation by country of origin and English proficiency. Child Development, 77, 1190-1207.

Shannon, J. D., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., & Cabrera, N. (2006). Fathering in infancy: Mutuality and stability between 8 and 16 months. Parenting: Science and Practice, 6, 167-188.

Zaslow, M., Halle, T., Cabrera, N., Calkins, J., Pitzer, L., & Margie, N. G. (2006). Child outcome measures in the study of child care quality. Evaluation Review, 30, 577-610.

Tamis-LeMonda, C., Shannon, J., Cabrera, N., & Lamb, M. (2004). Fathers and mothers at play with their 2- and 3-year-olds: Contributions to language and cognitive development. Child Development, 75, 1806-1820.

Cabrera, N., Ryan, R., Shannon, J., Brooks-Gunn, J., Vogel, C., Raikes, H., Tamis-LeMonda, C., & Cohen, R. (2004). Low-income fathers’ involvement in their toddlers' lives: Biological fathers from the Early Head Start research and evaluation study. Fathering, 2, 5-30.