Family Involvement Laboratory


For a full list of publications please see: Dr. Cabrera's CV

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

Deneault, A.A., Cabrera, N., Ghosh, R. A., Tölle, A.-S., Seethaler, J., Majdandžić, M., & Reich, S. M. (2022).

Deneault et al. - 2022 - Challenging parenting behavior in ethnically diver.pdf

Early Childhood Research Quarterly58, 115–124.


Cabrera, N. J. (2022). 

Child Psychology Psychiatry - 2022 - Cabrera - Commentary Recognizing our similarities and celebrating our differences .pdf

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13600


Cabrera, N. J., Alonso, A., & Chen, Y. (2021).

Cabrera, Alonso, & Chen (2021).pdf

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science696(1), 158–178.


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


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 Development.

Adversity and Resilience Science.


Kuhns, C., & Cabrera, N. J. (2020).

Low-income Latino mothers’ and fathers’ control strategies and toddler compliance.

Journal of Latinx Psychology8(3), 221–237.


McKee, K., Cabrera, N., Alonso, A., Turcios, M., & Reich, S. (2020, November 5).

Determinants of Fathers' and Mothers' Involvement in a Parenting Intervention

. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. Advance online publication.


Hennigar, A., Cabrera, N. J., & Chen, Y. (2020). The role of fathers and their young children's social development. In H. E. Fitzgerald, K. von Klitzing, N. Cabrera, T. Skjethaug, & J. Scarao de Mendonca (Eds.), Handbook on Fathers and Child Development: Prenatal to Preschool.Springer. 


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 Atte

 Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development84(1), 79–93.


Cabrera, N. J., Hennigar, A., Yumiseva-Lackenbacher, M., & Galindo, C. (2019).

At The Intersection of Race and Socioeconomic Status (1).pdf

In E. Votruba-Drzal, D. Henry, & P. Miller (Eds.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Elsevier. 

Cabrera, N. J., Moon, U. J., Fagan, J., West, J., & Aldoney, D. (2020). Cognitive Stimulation at Home and in Child Care and Children's Preacademic Skills in Two-Parent FamiliesChild Development, 1-9. 

Cabrera, N., Karberg, E., Fagan, J. (May, 2019). Family Structure Change Among Latinos: Variation by Ecologic Risk. Journal of Family Issues.

Leyendecker, B., Cabrera, N., Lembcke, H., Willard, J., Kohl, K., & Spiegler, O. (2018). Parenting in a new land: Immigrant parents and the positive development of their children and youth. European Psychologist, 23, 57-71.

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

Schwab, J. F., Rowe, M., Cabrera, N. J., Lew-Williams, C. (in press). Fathers' repetition of words is coupled with children's vocabulariesJournal of Experimental Child Psychology. 

Cabrera, N., Karberg, E., Malin, J., & Aldoney, D. (2017). The magic of play: Low-income mothers’ and fathers’ playfulness and children’s emotion regulation and vocabulary skills. Journal of Infant Mental Health, 14-29.

Cabrera, N., Malin, J., *Kuhns, C., & West, J. (February, 2017). The development and home experiences of Young Latino Boys. Child Trends: The National Research enter on Hispanic Children and Families.

*Padilla, C.,  Cabrera, N.,  West, J.  (September, 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 children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 3607-3618.

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.

Cabrera, N.J., & Mincy, R. (2016, August 19). Papa's not a rolling stone: Low-income men and their children. The American Prospect, 27.

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