Jill Trumbell

Phone: (603) 862-5499
Office: Human Development & Family Studies, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Jill Sherman department of human development and family studies

My program of research broadly focuses on the behavioral and biological exploration of child-parent relationship processes during early childhood (0-7 years). I am especially interested in understanding the role that the quality of early caregiving experiences play in predicting the development of young children’s attachment relationships. As such, I seek to identify contextual factors (e.g., work-family interface, marital conflict, culture) that may influence quality of parental care both directly and indirectly through altered parental well-being. The goal of my research is to identify factors that lead to positive developmental outcomes for both parents and children while simultaneously identifying potential risk factors related to negative developmental trajectories.


  • Ph.D., Human Development&Family Study, Purdue University
  • M.A., Human Development&Family Study, Central Michigan University
  • B.S., Developmental&Child Psychology, Central Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Children/Youth
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Services
  • Parent Involvement

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 525: Human Development
  • HDFS 623: Dev Persp Infancy&Early Chldhd
  • HDFS 695: Independent Study
  • HDFS 743/843: Families, Schools, & Community
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Human Development

Selected Publications

Posada, G., Vaughn, B. E., Veríssimo, M., Lu, T., Nichols, O. I., El-Sheikh, M., . . . Kaloustian, G. (2019). Preschoolers’ secure base script representations predict teachers’ ratings of social competence in two independent samples. Attachment & Human Development, 21(3), 238-252. doi:10.1080/14616734.2019.1575547

Hibel, L. C., Buhler‐Wassmann, A. C., Trumbell, J. M., & Liu, S. (2019). Marital conflict sensitizes mothers to infant irritability: A randomized controlled experiment. Infant and Child Development, 28(3), e2127. doi:10.1002/icd.2127

Posada, G. E., Trumbell, J. M., Lu, T., & Kaloustian, G. (2018). III. THE ORGANIZATION OF ATTACHMENT BEHAVIOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD: LINKS WITH MATERNAL SENSITIVITY AND CHILD ATTACHMENT REPRESENTATIONS. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 83(4), 35-59. doi:10.1111/mono.12390

Lu, T., Posada, G. E., Trumbell, J. M., & Anaya, L. (2018). V. MATERNAL SENSITIVITY AND CO-CONSTRUCTION SKILLS: CONCURRENT AND LONGITUDINAL ASSOCIATIONS WITH PRESCHOOLERS’ SECURE BASE BEHAVIOR. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 83(4), 74-90. doi:10.1111/mono.12392

Hibel, L. C., Trumbell, J. M., Valentino, K., & Buhler-Wassmann, A. C. (2018). Ecologically salient stressors and supports and the coordination of cortisol and salivary alpha-amylase in mothers and infants. Physiology & Behavior, 195, 48-57. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.07.024

Posada, G., Trumbell, J., Noblega, M., Plata, S., Peña, P., Carbonell, O. A., & Lu, T. (2016). Maternal Sensitivity and Child Secure Base Use in Early Childhood: Studies in Different Cultural Contexts. Child Development, 87(1), 297-311. doi:10.1111/cdev.12454

Hibel, L. C., Trumbell, J. M., & Mercado, E. (2014). Work/non-workday differences in mother, child, and mother–child morning cortisol in a sample of working mothers and their children. Early Human Development, 90(1), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2013.11.007

Posada, G., Lu, T., Trumbell, J., Kaloustian, G., Trudel, M., Plata, S. J., . . . Lay, K. -L. (2013). Is the Secure Base Phenomenon Evident Here, There, and Anywhere? A Cross-Cultural Study of Child Behavior and Experts’ Definitions. Child Development, 84(6), 1896-1905. doi:10.1111/cdev.12084

Hibel, L. C., Mercado, E., & Trumbell, J. M. (n.d.). Parenting stressors and morning cortisol in a sample of working mothers.. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(5), 738-746. doi:10.1037/a0029340

Trumbell, J. M., Hibel, L. C., Mercado, E., & Posada, G. (n.d.). The impact of marital withdrawal and secure base script knowledge on mothers’ and fathers’ parenting.. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(6), 699-709. doi:10.1037/fam0000402

Most Cited Publications