Associate Professor of Psychology and Director, Child Health and Development Lab, University of Denver
Sarah Watamura is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver, where she directs the Child Health and Development Lab and co-directs the Stress, Early Experience and Development Research Center. Her work examines the unique stressors and buffers in families experiencing poverty and among newly immigrated families, and includes testing promising intervention approaches. Watamura has longstanding interests in children’s physiologic regulation, their development within caregiving contexts, and in understanding mechanisms and trajectories from early life stress to later physical, mental health, cognitive/educational, and socio-emotional outcomes. She joined the University of Denver in 2005 after receiving her PhD from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University.