Dr Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini

B. Psychological Science (Hons I), PhD

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Dr Siobhan Kennedy-Costantini is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She earned her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia in Developmental Psychology under the guidance of Associate Professor Mark Nielsen.

Her primary research interests lie broadly in the field of developmental psychology with a particular focus on the parent-infant relationship and early social development. 

Research | Current

Her current research focuses on modelling infants’ interactive behaviour, social learning and characterising the microdynamics of early social interactions between parents and their infants.

Alongside Associate Professor Mark Sagar and Dr Annette Henderson, she hopes to to identify and examine the kinds of behaviours and emotions that  are integral to the parent-infant relationship. The data gathered will help in the understanding of how infant's learn from their parents and how parents, in turn, respond to their children's emotions and behaviours over time.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kennedy-Costantini, S. (2017). Very early social learning within the context of the mother-baby relationship. Paper presented at ELLA meeting, University of Auckland.
  • Kennedy-Costantini, S. C., Cowan, D., Slaughter, V., & Nielsen, M. (7/4/2017). Look at me when I poke my tongue at you: Parent interaction influences social viewing preferences in infancy. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development 2017 Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas, U.S.A..
  • Kennedy-Costantini, S., Slaughter, V., & Nielsen, M. (26/5/2016). Why are you copying me? Functional explanations for neonatal imitation. Poster presented at International Congress for Infant Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Oostenbroek, J., Suddendorf, T., Nielsen, M., Redshaw, J., Kennedy-Costantini, S., Clark, S., ... Slaughter, V. (2016). Comprehensive Longitudinal Study Challenges the Existence of Neonatal Imitation in Humans. Current Biology, 26 (10), 1334-1338. 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.047
  • Kennedy, S., Nielsen, M., & Slaughter, V. (2015). Baby see baby do: Can parents increase their newborns imitative responses?. Paper presented at Australasian Human Development Association, Wellington, New Zealand. 8 July - 11 July 2015.

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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 349
New Zealand

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