Peter D. Rehder is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy working on multiple projects, including Family Connects International, the Prospective Study of Infant Development, Fast Track, and the Child Development Project. His research uses a biopsychosocial approach to understanding parent–child relationships, self-regulatory development, and emerging externalizing and neurodevelopmental psychopathology in infancy and childhood. Specifically, he focuses on early parent (e.g., sensitivity, harsh-intrusion, emotion socialization), child (e.g., behavioral and physiological arousal, attention), and relational factors (e.g., attachment) that contribute to children’s emotion regulation and cognitive regulation skills. Relatedly, he examines how these developmental processes contribute the emergence of early conduct problems, ADHD, and callous-unemotional behaviors, as well as the impacts of these psychopathologies on multi-domain functioning.
Rehder completed a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was named an outstanding doctoral graduate by the School of Health and Human Sciences. He also completed a NICHD predoctoral fellowship at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.