Miss Caitlin McRae

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Caitlin started her PhD in 2018 in both the REACH and ELLA Labs. Her research focuses on the role of coparenting following conflict in order to uncover factors that influence the relationship between parental conflict and child outcomes. Coparenting refers to the parents’ relationship in reference to the child that they are caring for. It encompasses behaviours that reflect the broader dimensions of support and undermining. Coparenting is an important aspect of parenting to study as supportive coparenting might attenuate the potentially harmful effects of conflict spill-over on children. To examine these questions, Caitlin will utilize questionnaire and observational measures during family interactions to capture the intricacies of family functioning. By understanding how coparenting following conflict may influence child outcomes, Caitlin hopes to contribute knowledge that could help to develop interventions to improve family functioning post conflict.

Research | Current

  • Coparenting following parental conflict
  • Infant social communication and cooperation abilities


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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 213
New Zealand

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