Jessica graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2011 at Mills College in California. She then continued on to earn her MA in Infant Mental Health at Mills as well. During this time, Jessica took a strong interest in attachment theory and specifically the caregiving behavioural system. The focus of her Master’s research was the caregiving behavioural system and ways of measuring this system.

Jessica is also interested in the social and emotional development of young children. Jessica has interned as a therapeutic shadow with the Infant Parent Program of San Francisco. She is also a trained parent educator in the Circle of Security Parent Training, an attachment-based intervention model.

Jessica gained a studentship and began her PhD the University of East Anglia School of Psychology in October 2012. She is supervised by Dr Judi Walsh and Professor Margaret O’Brien. Her research focuses on exploring the developmental trajectory of the caregiving behavioural system through pregnancy and the first year of motherhood.

All Publications

Brennan, J., Walsh, J.


The Caregiving Experiences Questionnaire: A Cross-Cultural Validation: Poster 16,

in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology : Special Issue: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after Birth.

Taylor & Francis

pp. e40

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