Wayne State University

Erika Bocknek

Erika  Bocknek
Assistant Professor - Educational Psychology
337 Education Building

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-9321

Education
  • Baccalaureate:
    • Bachelor's of Arts in English, Pennsylvania State University
  • Graduate:
    • Master's of Arts, Human Development and Family Studies, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Connecticut
    • Doctoral Degree, Human Development and Family Studies, Emphasis in Child Development; Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Postgraduate (postdoctoral):
    • Postdoctoral Certification in Child Psychiatry and Infant Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry
  • Licensure:
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Michigan
  • Certification:
    • Trained Provider of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    • Michigan Assoication for Infant Mental Health Level IV Endorsed Research Mentor

Biography

Erika Bocknek focuses on the interrelated areas of her work including research, teaching, and community engaged scholarship, as well as service internal to the College of Education and external to the scholarly community. Erike continues to establish a strong program of community engaged scholarship in the content area of early development.

Responsibilities

  • Service
    • Co-registry Research Project committee member, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, 2016-current.
    • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Search, Faculty Search, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, search committee member, 2016-current.
    • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Search, Education Evaluation and Research, Faculty Search, Specialization in Quantitative Methods, College of Education, search committee member, 2013-2014.
    • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Search, Kinesiology and Health Sciences Faculty Search, Specialization in Nutrition, College of Education, search committee member, 2014-2015.
    • Social Committee member, College of Education, 2014-current.
    • Awards Committee, College of Education, committee member, 2015-current.
    • Inclusionary Research Committee, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, committee member, 2014-2015.
    • University-Parent Partnership (UPP) Study Committee, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, committee member, 2015-current.
    • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Search, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, committee member, 2016-current.
  • Professional Associations
    • Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, Biennial Conference Chairperson 2012-2013.
    • Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, Biennial Conference Workshops Chairperson 2010-2011.
  • Editorships
    • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Very Young Children and Their Fathers, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2013-current
    • Consulting Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2015-current
  • Ad hoc reviewer 2012-present
    • Infant Mental Health Journal
    • Early Childhood Research Quarterly
    • Early Human Development
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Infant and Child Development

Academic Interests

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy

Area Of Expertise

  • Marriage
  • Family and Child Therapy
  • Parenting
  • Children's Emotion Regulation

Research Interests

  • Interrelationships among family resilience, parental emotion socialization, and toddlers' emotion regulation capacities
  • Associations among postpartum mental health, early bonding, and significant early developmental outcomes
  • Ethnoracial variations in fathers’ own parenting representations

Courses Taught

  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Introduction to Infant Mental Health
  • Infant and Toddler Development Assessment
  • Infant and Toddler Development to Inform Relationship-Based Curricula and Interventions

Community Engagement Activities

Active facilitator of a university-community partnership with community-based agency Brilliant Detroit to understand community needs and plan and implement collaborative community-engaged service and scholarly activities.

Grants

Creating connections: Expanding parenting support to improve outcomes for infants and families.
2016 - 2017
Bocknek, E. (Principal Investigator) Source: United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Award: $71,969
Prenatal obesity and child physical health and biobehavioral development.
2015 - 2017
Thomason (Principal Investigator), Bocknek, E. (Co-Principal Investigator) Source: Wayne State University Researchers of Biobehavioral Health in Urban Settings (RoBUST) Fellowship Award: $100,000
Contextual risk, oxytocin, and resilience in everyday life.
2015 - 2017
Trentacosta (Principal Investigator), Bocknek, E. (Co-Principal Investigator) Source: Wayne State University President’s Research Enhancement Program – Part II: Seed Grants for Project Development Award: $98,368
Toddlers’ emotional development in young families.
2013 - 2016
Bocknek, E. (Principal Investigator) Source: Wayne State University Office of the Vice President of Research Start-up Funding, Award: $75,000
Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS).
2013 - 2016
Miller (Principal Investigator), Bocknek, E. (Consultant) Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Award: $1,288,634
Enhancing positive parenting in military families with young children.
2012 - 2014
Rosenblum (Principal Investigator), Bocknek, E. (Co-Investigator) Source: 1R21HD072375-01 NICHD Award: $50,000
Sleep, stress, oxytocin and inflammation: Biomarkers of major depression among pregnant women enrolled in a stress reduction intervention.
2012 - 2013
Muzik (Principal Investigator), Bocknek, E. (Co-Investigator) Source: University of Michigan Depression Center Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholars Award: $30,000

Awards & Honors

2012
Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Award, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center
2012
Women and Infants’ Mental Health Program Fellowship, University of Michigan Health System, Department of Psychiatry, 2012-2013
2009
Hiram E. Fitzgerald Emerging Scholar/Researcher Award, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
2009
Jeanette Lee Scholarship, Michigan State University, College of Social Science
2009
Irving B. Harris Postdoctoral Fellowship, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2009-2010

Presentations

Paternal PTSD, emotion regulation, parenting, and toddler behavior problems among urban African American families.
Raveau, H., Dorman, H., & Bocknek, E. L. 2016   Flash talk presented at the Babies, Boys, and Men of Color Special Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Tampa, FL.
Co-parenting as a resilience factor for toddlers’ emotional expressivity in a low-income African American sample.
Beeghly, M., Bocknek, E. L., Raveau, H., & Markowicz. 2016   Flash talk presented at the Babies, Boys, and Men of Color Special Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Tampa, FL.
Oxytocin receptor genetic variation and triadic family interactions.
Richardson, P., Bocknek, E. L., Luca, F., Mitrano, C., & Cascardo, C. 2016   Flash talk presented at the Babies, Boys, and Men of Color Special Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Tampa, FL.
Predictors of triadic family engagement post-stressor among impoverished 2-year-old children and their parents.
Bocknek, E. L., McGoron, K. L., & Raveau, H. 2016   Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies. New Orleans, LA.
Reports of toddlers’ externalizing behavior problems and protective factors within the context of high-risk family triads.
McGoron, K. L., Bocknek, E. L., Raveau, H., Lopez, M., & Buxbaum, R. 2016   Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies. New Orleans, LA.
Oxytocin receptor genetic variation and triadic family interactions in a trauma-exposed sample.
Bocknek, E. L. 2016   Researchers of Biobehavioral Health in Urban Settings (RoBUST) Brown Bag Seminar at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
The socialization of aggression in boys and men: Theory, research, and the potential for change.
Dayton, C. & Bocknek, E. L. 2015   Workshop presented at the The Psychology of Boys at Risk: Indicators from 0- 5 Conference presented by the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation in conjunction with the Infant Mental Health Journal. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
African American fathers of young children: Perspectives on father involvement, role development, and resilience.
Bocknek, E. L. 2015   Chairperson of paper symposium presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
African American men’s perceptions of the fathering role and impacts on parenting quality in early childhood.
8) Raveau, H., Bocknek, E. L., Fitzgerald, H. E., Brophy-Herb, H. E., & Dayton, C. 2015   Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
The Detroit Baby on Board Study: A Qualitative Analysis of Interviews with Fathers Preparing to Parent a New Baby.
Dayton, C. J., Walsh, T., Bocknek, E. L., Hicks, L., Muzik, M., & Rosenblum, K. L. 2015   Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
Fathering in an urban setting: A qualitative analysis of interviews with Detroit fathers preparing to parent a new baby.
Dayton, C. J., Walsh, T., Bocknek, E. L., Hicks, L., Muzik, M., Rosenblum, K. L. 2015   Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
Risk and resilience in triadic interactions of trauma-exposed families: The Toddlers Emotional Development in Young Families (TEDY) Study.
Bocknek, E. L. 2015   Developmental Neuroscience Colloquium at the Perinatology Research Branch at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Oxytocin receptor gene variation is associated with maternal bonding among women with childhood maltreatment histories.
Bocknek, E. L., Raveau, H., Hamilton, L., King, A., & Muzik, M. 2014   Paper presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Miami, FL.
Maternal psychopathology and infants’ biobehavioral response.
Bocknek, E. L. 2014   Grand rounds presentation in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, Detroit, MI.
Magic moments and early development: Supporting infant and toddler learning through relationships.
Bocknek, E. L. 2014   Keynote speaker at the Coalition for Infants and Toddlers Annual State Conference, Iselin, NJ.
Wiggles, giggles, and bubbles: Supporting social and emotional development in infant and toddler classrooms.
Bocknek, E. L. 2013   Invited presenter at the 2nd Annual Woodward Early Childcare Center Consortium Conference. Detroit, MI.
October 2013. 6) Early magic: How family connections support resilience in early childhood.
Bocknek, E. L. 2013   Featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Todd Ouida Children's Foundation Conference at Montclair State University. West Orange, NJ.

Publications

Routine active playtime with fathers is associated with toddlers’ emotion regulation competencies.
Bocknek, E. L., Dayton, C., Brophy-Herb, H., Raveau, H., & Fitzerald, H.   2017 Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 63(1).
Psychopathology and parenting: An examination of perceived and observed parenting in mothers with depression and PTSD.
Muzik, M., Morelen, D., Hruschak, J., Rosenblum, K., Bocknek, E. L., & Beeghly, M.   2017 Journal of Affective Disorders, 207, 242-250.
A qualitative analysis of expectant fathers’ beliefs and expectations about fathering as they prepare to parent a new infant.
Dayton, C., Buczkowski, R., Muzik, M., Goletz, J., Hicks, L., Walsh, T., & Bocknek, E. L.   2016 Social Work Research, 40(4), 225-236.
PTSD symptoms across pregnancy and early postpartum in women with lifetime PTSD diagnosis.
Muzik, M., McGinnis, E., Bocknek, E. L., Rosenblum, K., Liberzon, I., Seng, J., & Abelson, J.   2016 Depression and Anxiety, 33, 584-591.
The play behavior of African American children: The need for a cultural prism.
Hale, J. & Bocknek, E. L.   2015 The need for a cultural prism. In J. L. Roopnarine (Ed.), International perspectives on children’s play. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.
Toddlers with early behavior problems at higher family demographic risk benefit the most from maternal emotion talk.
Brophy-Herb, H.E., Bocknek, E., Vallotton, C., Stansbury, K., Senehi, N., Dalimonte-Merckling, D., Lee, Y.   2015 Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 36(7) 512-520.
Examining long-term effects of an infant mental health-based Early Head Start program on family strengths and resilience.
McKelvey, L., Schiffman, R., Brophy-Herb, H., Bocknek, E. L., Fitzgerald, H., Resichl, T., Hawver, S., & DeLuca, M.   2015 Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(4), 353-365.
Longitudinal examination of infant basal and reactivity cortisol from ages 7 to 16 months.
Kronenberg, M., Osofsky, J., Bocknek, E. L., & Hansel, T.   2015 Child Care & Youth Forum: Special Issue on Hurricane Katrina, 44, 493-510.
Does child sex moderate vulnerability to postpartum risk among infants of mothers at risk for psychopathology?
McGinnis, E., Bocknek, E. L., Beeghly, M., Rosenblum, K., Busuito, A. & Muzik, M.   2015 Infancy, 20(1), 42-69.
Reflections on fathers and infant mental health.
Fitzgerald, H. E., Bocknek, E.L., Hossain, Z., & Roggman, L.   2015 Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(1), 75-77.
Forward progress of scientific inquiry into the early father-child relationship: Introduction to the special issue on very young children and their fathers.
Bocknek, E. L., Hossain, Z., & Roggman, L.   2014 Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(5), 389-393.
Stability of biological father presence as a proxy for family stability: Cross-racial associations with the longitudinal development of emotion regulation in toddlerhood.
Bocknek, E. L., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Fitzgerald, H. E., Schiffman, R F., & Vogel, C.   2014 Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(4), 309-321.
Longitudinal connections of maternal supportiveness and early emotion regulation to later school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Brophy-Herb, H. E., Farber, M. L., Bocknek, E. L., McKelvey, L. M., & Stansbury, K.   2013 Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 4(1), 2-19.
Mother-infant bonding in the first six months postpartum: The primacy of psychopathology in women with child abuse and neglect histories.
Muzik, M., Bocknek, E. L., Richardson, P., Broderick, A., Rosenblum, K. L., Thelen, K., & Seng, J. S.   2013 Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 16(1), 29-38.
Maternal psychological absence and toddlers’ social-emotional development: Interpretations from the perspective of boundary ambiguity theory.
Bocknek, E. L., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Fitzgerald, H. E., Jager, K. B. & Carolan, M.   2013 Family Process, 51(4), 527-541.
Fathers, children, and the risk-resilience continuum.
Fitzgerald, H. E. & Bocknek, E. L.   2012 In N. J. Cabrera & C. S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.), Handbook of father involvement: Multidisciplinary perspectives (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
Modeling parent emotion-related socialization behaviors in a low-income sample: Relations with toddlers' self regulation.
Brophy-Herb, H. E., Stansbury, K., Bocknek, E. L., & Horodynski, M.   2012 Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 27, 353-364.
Toddlers' social-emotional competence in the contexts of parental emotion beliefs and contingent responsiveness.
Brophy-Herb, H. E., Schiffman, R. F., Bocknek, E. L., Dupuis, S. B., Fitzgerald, H. E., Horodynski, M., Onaga, E., Van Egeren, L. A., & Hillaker,   2011 Social Development, 20(1), 73-92.
Infant/child mental health, early intervention, and relationship-based therapies: A neurorelational framework for interdisciplinary practice (Book Review).
Bocknek, E. L. & Osofsky, J. D.   2011 Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(4), 487-488.
The impact of trauma on parents and infants.
Osofsky, J. D., Osofsky, H., & Bocknek, E. L.   2010 In S. Tyano (Ed.), Parenthood and mental health: A bridge between infant and adult psychiatry. West Sussex, UK: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Low-income parental profiles of coping, resource adequacy, and public assistance receipt: Links to parenting.
Maupin, A., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Schiffman, R. F., & Bocknek, E. L.   2010 Family Relations, 59, 180-194.
The effects of parental supportiveness on toddlers’ emotion regulation over the first three years of life in a low-income African American sample.
Bocknek, E. L., Brophy-Herb, H. E., & Banerjee, M.   2009 Infant Mental Health Journal: Special Issue on Development of Infants and Toddlers in Ethnoracial Families, 30(5), 252-276.
Early emotional development in infants and toddlers: Perspectives of Early Head Start staff and parents.
Brophy-Herb, H., Horodynski, M., Dupuis, S., Bocknek, E. L., Schiffman, R., Onaga, E., Van Egeren, L., Fitzgerald, H., Cunningham-DeLuca, M., Hawver, S., Adkins, M., Thomas, S.   2009 Infant Mental Health Journal, 30(3), 203-222.
Ambiguous loss and posttraumatic stress in children of prisoners.
Bocknek, E. L., Sanderson, J., & Britner, P. A.   2009 Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18(3), 323-333.
Qualitative inquiry and family therapist identity construction through community-based, child welfare practice.
Jager, K. B., Bak, J. A., Barber, A., Bozek, K., Bocknek, E. L., & Weir, G.   2009 Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 21(1), 39-57.
Child fatalities in New York City: An assessment of child protective service practice.
Freundlich, M. & Bocknek, E. L.   2007 Families in Society, 88(4).