Margaret M. Swingler

Margaret M. Swingler
Research Scientist
919.843.9811
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 127
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Margaret Swingler is a research scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Her research examines the psychophysiological and neurodevelopmental underpinnings of early socio-emotional and cognitive development, with a specific focus on attention, executive function, and regulation. In her work, Dr. Swingler examines the role of the child’s early environment on these processes, including important factors in the environment like the parent-child relationship, early caregiving experiences, and early life stress. In a second line of work Dr. Swingler examines maternal factors that predict variation in caregiving behavior and abilities, and potential implications for child psychophysiological and neurodevelopmental functioning in development.

Dr. Swingler also serves as the Project Director for the Family Life Project (FLP), a longitudinal birth-cohort study of a sample of 1,292 children and primary caregivers followed from birth in six predominately low income and rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The Family Life Project investigates the effects of environmental exposures in non-urban contexts on family functioning and child health and development. A specific focus of the FLP has been the prospective investigation of associations between early-life stress—characterized by the physical and psychosocial characteristics of the home, including parenting quality—and neurodevelopment in a wide range of areas including self-regulation, child language development, school achievement, risk for psychopathology, and physical and mental health.

Areas of Expertise:
Brain Development
Executive Function
Parent-Child Interactions
Psychophysiology
Curriculum Vitae:
Education:
• PhD, Experimental Psychology, University of California at San Diego
• BA, Psychology, North Carolina State University