Dr. Leslie Frankel

Dr. Leslie A. Frankel


Title: Associate Professor

Department: Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences

Program: Human Development and Family Sciences

Office Number: 428 FH

Phone: 713-743-3999

Email: lafrankel@uh.edu

Website: http://www.ParentChildLab.com

CV: My Vita


My research interests are focused on parent-child relationships and their impact on early child development. Specifically, my recent research has examined children’s ability to self-regulate in general, as well as in the context of eating, with a particular emphasis on parents’ role in the development of their children’s self-regulatory abilities. I also investigate how stress and other contextual factors impact parent-child interactions and relationships.


Recent Publications:

28 Publications Located: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4pXA4rUAAAAJ&hl=en

* = student author

Sampige, R.*, Kuno, C. B.,* & Frankel, L. A. (2023). Mental health matters: Parent mental health and children's emotional eating. Appetite, 180, 106317.

Frankel, L., & Sampige, R.* (2022). Supporting Families: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Human Development, 66(3), 163-166.

Frankel, L., Umemura, T., Pfeffer, K. A*., Powell, E. M.*, & Hughes, K. R.* (2021). Maternal Perceptions of Infant Behavior as a Potential Indicator of Parents or Infants in Need of Additional Support and Intervention. Frontiers in Public Health, 1499.

Frankel, L. A., Kuno, C. B.*, & Sampige, R.* (2021). The relationship between COVID-related parenting stress, nonresponsive feeding behaviors, and parent mental health. Current Psychology, 1-12.

Pereira, S., Smith, H. S., Frankel, L. A., Christensen, K. D., Islam, R., Robinson, J. O., ... & Timothy, W. Y. (2021). Psychosocial Effect of Newborn Genomic Sequencing on Families in the BabySeq Project: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA pediatrics.

Frankel, L. A., & Kuno, C. B.* (2019). The moderating role of parent gender on the relationship between restrictive feeding and a child's self–regulation in eating: Results from mother-only samples may not apply to both parents. Appetite, 143, 104424.

Frankel, L. A., Powell, E.*, & Jansen, E. (2018). The Relationship between Structure-Related Food Parenting Practices and Children's Heightened Levels of Self-Regulation in Eating. Childhood Obesity, 14(2), 81-88.

Frankel, L. A., Pereira, S., & McGuire, A. (2016). Potential psychosocial risks of sequencing newborns. Pediatrics, 137 (S1), 24-29.

Frankel, L. A., Umemura, T., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2015). Marital conflict and parental responses to infant negative emotions: Relations with toddler emotional regulation. Infant Behavior and Development, 40, 73-83.

Frankel, L., Fisher, J. O., Power, T. G., Chen, T.A., Cross, M. B., & Hughes, S. O. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Feeding Emotions Scale. A measure of parent emotions in the context of feeding. Appetite, 91, 107-113.

Frankel, L. A., Thompson, D., Power, T. G., & Hughes, S. O. (2015). Correspondence between Maternal Determination of Child Fullness and Young Children's Self-Determined Fullness Level: Results from a Standardized Laboratory Protocol. Childhood Obesity, 11(2), 209-214.



M.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009
Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine - Children's Nutrition Research Center, 2013
Professional Certification in Certified Family Life Education, National Council on Family Relations, 2015