Patty Kuo, M.S.

My research on fathers examines biopsychosocial determinants of fathering behavior in families with young children and infants. In my graduate work, I’ve examined the roles of hormones in paternal behavior, fathers’ coparenting perceptions and behaviors, and the contribution of media to first-time parents’ beliefs about fathers’ roles within families. Recently in collaboration with Drs. Brenda Volling, Rich Gonzalez, and others, we found that when fathers’ testosterone decreases in response to his infant’s distress, he is more sensitive and nurturing with his baby in a subsequent interaction.