Isabel Bradburn

Isabel Bradburn

Isabel Bradburn

Research Director, Child Development Center for Learning and Research


103 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Children and Families
  • Early Childhood Programs and Evaluation
  • Attachment Processes
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Eating Disorders

Professional Activities

  • Research Director, Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech
  • Behavioral Neurogenetics Research Laboratory, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Center, former Research Psychologist
  • Children's Health Council, Palo Alto, CA, former Staff Clinician
  • Family Service Clinic, Middlesex County Porbate Court, Cambridge, MA, former Research Consultant


  • Ph.D. University of California - Berkeley
  • M.Ed. Harvard University
  • B.A. University of Michigan

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    1994 - Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley

    1990-1991 - Regents Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

    1980 - Hopwood Writing Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.    

    Selected Publications

    Book Chapters

    Benson, M. J.., Bradburn, I.S., & Dunsmore, J. C. (Eds.) (2006). "Ecology of emotion in parenting relationships: Perspectives from across the lifespan." [Special issue]. Research in Human Development, 3.

    Cowan, P.A., Bradburn, I.S., & Cowan, C.P. (2005). "Parents' working models of attachment:  The intergenerational context of parenting and children's adaptation to school."  In P.A. Cowan, C.P. Cowan, J.C. Ablow, V. Kahen Johnson, & J.R. Measelle (Eds.), The family context of parenting in children’s adaptation to school (pp. 209 - 236). Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

    Bradburn, I.S., & Kaplan, J.A. (1993). "Continuity and change in the transition to parenthood:A tale of two families." In P. A. Cowan, D. Field, D. A. Hanson, A. Skolnick & G. E. Swanson   (Eds.),  Family, self and society: Toward a new agenda for family research (pp. 385-415).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Erlbaum Associates.  


    Dunsmore, J. C., Bradburn, I. S., Costanzo, P. R., & Frederickson, B.  L. (2009).  Mothers' expressive style and emotional responses to children's behavior predict children's prosocial and achievement-related self-ratings. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33, 254-263.

    Herzog, D.B., Keller, M.B., Lavori, P.W., &  Bradburn, I.S. (1991).  "Bulimia nervosa in adolescence."  Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 12, 191-195.

    Keller M. B., Lavori, P.W., Herzog D. B., Bradburn, I.S., & Mahoney, E.M.  (1989). "High rates of chronicity and  rapidity of relapse in patients with bulimia nervosa and depression." Archives of General Psychiatry, 46, 480-481.

    Herzog D.B., Brotman A. W., & Bradburn, I. S. (1988). " Treating eating disorders with antidepressants." Australian Paediatric Journal, 24, 169-170.

    Additional Information

    Sponsored Research

    Bradburn, I. S., & Roberto, K. A.  (03/01/11 – 02/28/13) Intergenerational Obesity:  Developing an Ecological Approach. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R13 mechanism, “Creating Scientific Interdisciplinary Research Teams” (PA-10-106).  ($40,000).

    Bradburn, I.S., & Dunkenberger, M.B. (10/01/10 – 07/31/11) Evaluation of Virginia Star Quality Initiative Family Child Care Pilot. Virginia Department of Social Services and Virginia Early Childhood Foundation ($98,000).

    Evans, M., & Bradburn, I. S. (09/01/10 – 04/01/11) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) grant (Supplement to NSF Award #073651, M. Evans, PI.)National Science Foundation ($14,000).

    Current Research Interests

    • Fostering social and emotional development in preschool
    • The arts, human development and social relationships
    • Sensory integration in young children