Hui-Chin Hsu, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Professor Emerita

108 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4831

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Child Development Purdue University 1994


I have four primary lines of research. My first line of work relates to mother-child communication, notably individual, developmental, and cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal (e.g., gaze, smiling, and vocalization) processes of communication between mother and child from infancy to preschool age. My second area of research focuses on socioemotional development, with attention paid to the contribution of verbal and nonverbal mother-child communication to the development of social understanding and self-regulation among preschoolers. My third area of research focuses on parenting cognition and emotion, with particular attention to the extent that parenting efficacy and separation anxiety respectively buffers or impedes the effect of child stress reactivity and regulation on parental behavior. My fourth avenue for scholarly inquiry pertains to preterm birth, with a focus on the impact of prematurity on parental cognition and emotion in parenting, infant stress reactivity and regulation, and mother-infant communication.


Prenatal and Infant Development (HDFS 3900); Theories and Issues in Human Development (HDFS 6100); Principles in Lifespan Human Development and Family Systems (HDFS 8710); Statistical Analysis (HDFS6900).

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Duke University/Department of Psychology Research Associate 1992-1994
University of Utah/Department of Psychology Postdoctoral Research Associate 1994-1998


since 2001:

Hsu, H., & Wickrama, K. A. S. (accepted for publication). Maternal life stress and health during the first three years postpartum. Women & Health.

Hsu, H. (in press). Association between night awakening and child health during the first three years of life. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000428.

Hsu, H., Lee, S.-H., Lai, C.-M., Tsai, W.-L., & Chiu, H.-T. (in press). Effects of pediatric anticipatory guidance on mothers of young children. Western Journal of Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1177/0193945916681292

Hsu, H., & Iyer, S. N. (2016). Early gesture, early vocabulary, and risk of language impairment in preschoolers. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 57, 201-210. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2016.06.012

Wu, Y.-C., Hsieh, W.-S., Hsu, C.-H., Chang, J.-H., Chou, H.-C., Hsu, H., Chiu,, N.-C., Lee W.-T., Chen, W.-J., Ho, Y.-W., & Jeng, S.-F. (2016). Intervention effects on emotion regulation in preterm infants with very low birth weight: A randomize controlled trial.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 48, 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2015.10.016

Lee, S.-H., & Hsu, H. (2016). Genetic susceptibility and sleep disturbance in Black mothers of preterm infants: An exploratory study. SAGE Open Nursing, 2, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/2377960816643326

Hsu, H., & Wickrama, K. A. S. (2015). Linking family economic hardship to child health in early childhood: An investigation of mediating pathways. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19, 2636–2645. DOI 10.1007/s10995-015-1784-0

Hsu, H. (2015). Play in infancy and early childhood: Cultural similarities and variations. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.), vol. 18 (pp. 218-225). Oxford: Elsevier.

Hsu, H., Nathani, S. I., & Fogel, A. (2014). Effects of social games on infant vocalizations. Journal of Child Language, 41, 132–154. DOI: 10.1017/S0305000912000608

Sung, J., & Hsu, H. (2014). Linking collaborative mother-toddler communication to theory of mind development at age 4. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35, 381-391. DOI:10.1016/j.appdev.2014.06.001

Wu, Y.-C., Leng, C.-H., Hsieh, W.-S., Hsu, C.-H., Chen, W.-J., Gau, S.-F., Chiu, N.-C., Yang, M.-C., Fang, L.-J., Hsu, H., Yu, Y.-T., Wu, Y.-T., Chen, L.-C., Jeng, S.-F. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of clinic-based and home-based interventions in comparison with usual care for preterm infants: Effects and mediators. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 2384–2393. DOI:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.06.009

Hsu, H., & Jeng, S.-F. (2013). Differential effects of still-face interaction on mothers of term and preterm infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(4), 267–279. DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21386

Chen, W. J., Chiu, N.-C., Lee, W.-T., Yang, M. C., Fang, L.-J., Hsu, H.-C., & Jeng, S.-F. (2013). The effect of in-hospital intervention on neonatal morbidity, growth and development of preterm Taiwanese infants: A randomized controlled trial. Early Human Development, 89(5), 301–306.

Nwokah, E., Hsu, H., & Gulker, H. (2013). The use of play materials in early intervention: The dilemma of poverty.  American Journal of Play, 5(2), 187-218.

Lee, S.-Y., & Hsu, H. (2012). Stress and health-related wellbeing among mothers with a low birth weight infant: The role of sleep. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 958-965. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.12.030

Hsu, H., & Janes, P. K. (2010). Concordance of theory of mind and pretend play in preschool play partners. In E. E. Nwokah (Ed.), Play and Culture Studies, Vol. 10: Play as engagement and communication (pp. 120-140). New York: University Press of America.

Hsu, H., & Sung, J. (2010). Mothers’ social and didactic actions during play: Contribution of infant affect in different interactive contexts . In E. E. Nwokah (Ed.), Play and Culture Studies, Vol. 10: Play as engagement and communication (pp. 40-59). New York: University Press of America.

Molitor, A., & Hsu, H. (2010). Child development across cultures. In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Cross-cultural psychology: A contemporary reader (pp. 75-109). Blackwell.

Wang, L.-Y., Luo, H.-J., Hsieh, W.-S., Hsu, C.-H., Hsu, H., Chen, P.-S., Chiu, N.-C., Lee, W.-T., & Jeng, S.-F. (2010). Severity of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and increased risk of feeding desaturation and growth delay in very low birth weight preterm infants. Pediatric Pulmonology, 44, 676-682. DOI: 10.1002/ppul.21171

Wu, Y.-T., Lin, U.-C., Yu, Y.-T., Hsieh, W.-S., Hsu, C.-H., Hsu, H., Wang, L.-Y., & Jeng, S.-F. (2010). Reliability of the Assessment of Mother-Infant Sensitivity- Chinese version for preterm and term Taiwanese mother-infant dyads. Physiotherapy Canada, 62(4), 397-403. DOI: 10.3138/physio.62.4.397

Sung, J., & Hsu, H. (2009). Korean mothers' attention regulation and referential speech: Associations with language and play in one-year-olds. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33, 430-439. DOI: 10.1177/0165025409338443

Hsu, H., & Sung, J. (2008). Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: Maternal parenting efficacy and infant affect as contributors. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 294-301. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.10.009

Hsu, H., & Jeng, J. (2008). Two-month-olds’ attention and affective response to maternal still face: A comparison between term and preterm infants in Taiwan. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 194-206. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.10.008

Molitor, A., & Hsu, H. (2008). Prenatal development and infancy. In S. F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.), 21st century psychology: A reference handbook, Vol. 2 (pp. 2-15). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fogel, A., Hsu, H., Shapiro, F. A., Nelson-Goens, G. C., & Secrist, C. (2006). Effects of normal and perturbed social play on the duration and amplitude of different types of infant smiles. Developmental Psychology, 42, 459-473. DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.42.3.459

Hsu, H., & Lavelli, M. (2005). Perceived and observed parenting behavior in American and Italian first-time mothers across the first three months. Infant Behavior and Development, 28, 503-518. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2005.09.001

Lavelli, M., Pantoja, A., Hsu, H., & Messinger, D. M., & Fogel, A. (2005). Using microgenetic designs to study developmental change processes.  In D. M. Teti (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in developmental science (pp. 40-65).  New York: Blackwell.

Hsu, H., & Porter, C. (2004). Young infants' reactivity to mild perturbation: Developmental continuity, stability, and organization. Infancy, 6, 95-120.

Hsu, H. (2004). Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: Infant, mother, and contextual characteristics. Infant Behavior and Development, 27, 113-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2003.09.005

Hsu, H., & Fogel, A. (2003). Stability and transitions of mother-infant face-to-face communication during the first six months: A micro-historical approach. Developmental Psychology, 39, 1061-1082. DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.39.6.1061

Hsu, H., & Fogel, A. (2003). Social regulatory effects of infant non-distress vocalization on maternal behaviors. Developmental Psychology, 39, 976-991. DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.39.6.976

Porter, C. L., & Hsu, H. (2003). First-time mothers’ perceptions of efficacy during the transition to motherhood: Links to infant temperament.  Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 54-64. DOI: 10.1037/0893-3200.17.1.54

Hsu, H., & Fogel, A. (2001). Infant vocal development in a changing mother-infant communication system. Infancy, 2, 87-109.

Hsu, H., Fogel, A., & Messinger, D. S. (2001). Infant non-distress vocalization during mother-infant face-to-face interaction: Factors associated with quantitative and qualitative differences. Infant Behavior and Development, 24, 107-128.


Fogel, A., Garvey, A. P., Hsu, H., & West-Stroming, D. (2006). Change processes in interpersonal relationships: Infant-mother communication in a historical-relational perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Working Papers

Hsu, H. (in preparation). Age and risk factors of first injury in early childhood.

Hsu, H. (in preparation). Emotion regulation in mothers of infants: Links to emotion experience and expression.

Hsu, H. Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: Testing an emotion- dysregulation hypothesis.

Hsu, H. Maternal emotion regulation in everyday context: A diary study.

Hsu, H., & Jeng, S.-F.  Linking infant emotion reactivity and regulation to behavior problems in preschoolers born term and preterm with very low birth weight: The role of early Intervention

Hsu, H., & Jeng, S.-F. Emotional experience and parenting self-efficacy in Taiwanese mothers of term and preterm infants at term age: Differential links to infant stress reactivity.

Hsu, H., Jeng, S.-F., & Hsieh, W.-S. Full-term and preterm infants’ behavioral and physiological responses to mild stress at term age.