/ Lab Members
Beatrice Beebe, PhD | Lab Director
As a leading expert in the analysis of mother-infant interaction, Dr. Beatrice Beebe is a clinical professor of psychology at Columbia University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. She is faculty at several psychoanalytic institutes, and has a private practice for adults and mother-infant pairs. She is author or co-author of six books. Her work focuses on the mutual mother-infant bond and optimizing 4-month infant social development. Her studies examine; the roles of infant distress and maternal distress (such as depression and anxiety) on mother-infant communication; the effects of early mother-infant communication patterns on emerging infant attachment styles and infant cognition; the long-term continuity of communication and attachment styles from infancy to young adulthood.
Nurdan Emanet, M.A. | Project Coordinator
Nur received her BA from Bogazici University, Istanbul. During her last year at Clinical Psychology Masters Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, she enrolled Dr. Beebe's Communication Sciences Lab as a research assistant to advance her knowledge in developmental psychology within the scope of mother-infant communication and infant social-emotional development. Currently, she manages Dr. Beebe and Dr. Herbstman's NIH funded project: "Prenatal endocrine-disrupting chemicals and social/cognitive risk in mothers and infants: Potential biologic pathways." At the same time, she works as a research assistant at Dr. Kimberly Noble's Neurocognition, Early Experience, and Development (NEED) Lab. Nur is interested in understanding the effects of early adverse environmental experiences on children's social, cognitive and neurological development. In the future, she hopes to develop better interventions to optimize child development especially in underprivileged communities.
Gavkhar Abdurokhmonova, M.S. | Research Assistant
Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Gavkhar received her BA combined with MA in Psychology from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. As a primarily research oriented program, it laid the foundation for her interest in research in clinical psychology. Gavkhar's developing passion for psychology and her willingness to apply theory in practice motivated her to pursue a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University, Brooklyn. In her last year in the program, she joined Dr. Beebe's Communication Sciences Lab, where she loves working on the Mother Touch code and assisting in mother-infant interaction filmings. As a part of Dr. Beebe's research team, Gavkhar learned about the immense capacities of microanalysis in clinical research, which inspired her to consider it for her own research and clinical practice in the future. Gavkhar is interested to pursue a PhD in Clinical or Developmental Psychology. Outside of academia, she loves to play piano and learn foreign languages in order to explore diverse cultures and ethnicities.
Amruta Wagh, M.S. | Lab Coordinator - Media
Amruta has an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery. Before that, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of S.Alabama in Mobile, AL. She moved to NYC in 2016 and joined Dr. Beebe's Communication Sciences Lab in 2018 and has enjoyed being a part of the filming and media team wherein she gets to watch mothers and babies dynamically interact with each other. Since then, she has also worked at Bellevue Hospital and NYU's FTRG Behavioral Science lab. Amruta plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology focusing on evidence-based youth intervention and its effects. She enjoys reading, watching sci-fi movies, and loves trying out various yoga poses.
Zoe Leaf | Lab Coordinator - People & Projects
Zoe received her BA in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University in May 2020, with a minor in Food Systems and Nutrition through the Environmental Studies department. At Tufts, she was involved in leadership with various child-centered community organizations and loved becoming acquainted with kids from all over Boston. Her prior research experience includes working at the Child Health Equity Research Lab and the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, both located at Tufts. Zoe is a born and raised New Yorker, and loves the city more than any place in the world, though she loved going on adventures to new cities when she studied abroad in London for a year. When she’s not working, Zoe loves to read, write, make art, run, cook, and spend time in nature. In the future, she would like to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and focus on treating children, adolescents, and young adults.