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Department of Zoology



Brief Curriculum Vitae                                                                       September, 2013


Degrees:                         B.A.      1960           Mount Holyoke College

                                      M.Sc.    1962           Brown University

                                      Ph.D.    1964           Brown University

                                      M.A.     1966           Cambridge University

                                      Sc.D.   1997           Cambridge University


At    Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University

         1964-66                            Postdoctoral Research Fellow (U.S. Public Health Service)

         1966-67                            Leverhulme Research Fellow (New Hall)

         1967-72                            University Demonstrator (Department of Psychology)

         1972-97                            Senior Scientific Officer (Medical Research Council)

         1997-2005                        Senior Research Fellow (Department of Zoology)

         2005-present                     Emeritus Senior Research Fellow (Department of Zoology)


At    Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall), Cambridge

         1966-67                            Leverhulme Research Fellow

         1967-2005                        Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Psychology

         1996-2005                        Vice-President

         2005-present                     Emeritus Fellow


Honorary Appointments:

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour,
         Honorary Librarian:                                                       1971 - present

Infant Behavior & Development, Editorial Board                      1982 - 1987

Infant Mental Health Journal, Advisory Board                          1987 - 1997

Child Development, Editorial Board                                         1990 - 1995

Attachment & Human Development, Advisory Board               1999 - present

University of Cambridge
               Psychology Research Ethics Committee                   1987 -  2004 


  • Attachment;  Family Systems
  • Temperament (especially Behavioural Inhibition)
  • The development of anxiety:  Antecedents, correlates, and outcomes 

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent of the adult neurotic disorders. Furthermore, anxiety tends to aggregate in families, due to both genetic and environmental contributions. A key environmental contribution for the development of anxiety in young children arises from the mother/child relationship and family functioning. Consistent with Bowlby's attachment theory, we have found that maternal anxiety is associated with the development of an insecure-anxious pattern of attachment between child and mother. The inter-relations our research has identified - between parental anxiety, child's behavioural inhibition, and insecurity of attachment - suggest targets for early intervention.

Since I am officially retired, I no longer undertake further research, but do continue writing and collaborating.



Key publications: 

Stevenson-Hinde, J.  (2011).  Culture and socioemotional development, with a focus on fearfulness and attachment.  In X. Chen & K.H. Rubin (Eds.), Socioemotional Development in Cultural Context (pp. 11-28).  New York:  Guilford Press.

Stevenson-Hinde, J. & Hinde, C.A. (2011).  Individual characteristics — weaving psychological and ethological approaches. In A. Weiss, J. King, & L. Murray (Eds.), Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates.  New York:  Springer.

Stevenson-Hinde, J., Chicot, R., Shouldice, A., & Hinde, C.A.  (2013).  Maternal anxiety, maternal sensitivity, and attachment.  Attachment & Human Development, 15,


Other publications: 

Stevenson, J. G., Hutchison, R. E. Hutchison, J. B. Bertram, B. C. R., & Thorpe, W. H. (1970).  Individual recognition by auditory cues in the common tern (Sterna hirundo).  Nature,  226, 562-563.

Stevenson-Hinde, J. (1972).  Effects of early experience and testosterone on song as a reinforcer.  Animal Behaviour,  23, 430-435.

Stevenson-Hinde, J. (1973).  Constraints on reinforcement.  In R. A. Hinde & J. Stevenson-Hinde (Eds.), Constraints on learning (pp. 285-299).   London: Academic Press.

Stevenson-Hinde, J., Stillwell-Barnes, R., & Zunz, M.  (1980).  Individual differences in young rhesus monkeys:  Consistency and change.  Primates, 21, 498-509.

Stevenson-Hinde, J. & Simpson, M.J.A.  (1981).  Mothers' characteristics, interactions, and infants' characteristics.  Child Development, 52, 1246-1254.

Stevenson-Hinde, J. (1988).  Individuals in relationships. In R.A. Hinde & J. Stevenson-Hinde (Eds.),  Relationships within families:  Mutual influences  (pp. 68-80).  Oxford:  Oxford University Press.

Stevenson-Hinde, J.  (1990).  Attachment within family systems:  An overview.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 11, 218-227.

Parkes, C. M.,  Stevenson-Hinde, J.,  & Marris, P., Eds.  (1991).  Attachment across the life cycle.  London:  Routledge.

Stevenson-Hinde, J.  (1991).  Temperament and attachment:  An eclectic approach.  In P. Bateson (Ed.),  Development and integration of behaviour (pp. 315-329).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Stevenson-Hinde, J. & Marshall, P.J.  (1999).  Behavioral inhibition, heart period, and respiratory sinus arrhythmia:  An attachment perspective.  Child Development, 70, 805-816.

Stevenson-Hinde, J., Curley, J., Chicot, R., & Jóhannsson, C.  (2007). Anxiety within families:  Interrelations, consistency and change.  Family Process,  46, 543-556.

Emeritus Senior Research Fellow
Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall)

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