Bethany Reeb-Sutherland

Bethany Reeb-Sutherland


  • Postdoctoral Training in Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • M.S. Behavioral Neuroscience, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • B.S. (Cum Laude), Psychology & Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Research Interests

Dr. Reeb-Sutherland’s research interests are in the development of individual differences in socio-emotional behavior and the biological and environmental factors that influence such development. Her research examines the relations between early learning and the expression of individual differences in social behaviors from infancy to early childhood. Her research has three main goals:

  1. To uncover the extent to which social stimuli influence early learning in typically developing infants
  2. To determine the neural correlates of associative learning and how individual differences in these neural correlates relate to the emergence of social behavior in typically developing infants
  3. To examine individual differences in associative learning and its neural correlates in populations that are at risk as a result of genetic or environmental factors.

Select Publications

Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Levitt, P., & Fox, N.A. (2012). The predictive nature of individual differences in early associative learning and emerging social behavior. PLoS ONE; 7: e30511.

Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., & Tang, A.C. (2012). Functional specificity in modulation of novelty exposure effects by reliability of maternal care. Behavioural Brain Research; 226: 345-350.

Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Fifer, W.P., Byrd, D.L., Hammock, E.A., Levitt, P., & Fox, N.A. (2011). One-month-old human infants learn about the social world while they sleep. Developmental Science; 14: 1134-1141.

Perez, K., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., McDermott, J.N.M., Henderson, H.A., Degnan, K.A., Hane, A.A., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2011). Attention biases to threat link behavioral inhibition to social withdrawal over time in very young children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; 39: 885-895.

Fox, N.A., & Reeb-Sutherland, B.C. (2010). Biological moderators of infant temperament and its relation to social withdrawal. Chapter to appear in K.H. Rubin and R.J. Coplan (Eds.) The Development of Shyness and Social Withdrawal (pp. 84-103). Guilford Press, New York.

Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Helfinstein, S.M., Degnan, K.A., Perez-Edgar, K., Henderson, H.A., Lissek, S., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Grillon, C., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2009). Startle response in behaviorally inhibited adolescents with a lifetime occurrence of anxiety disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 48:610- 617.

Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Vanderwert, R.E., Degnan, K.A., Marshall, P.J., Perez-Edgar, K., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A.. (2009). Attention to novelty in behaviorally inhibited adolescents moderates risk for anxiety. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50: 1365-1372.

Reeb, B.C., Fox, N.A., Nelson, C.A., & Zeanah, C.H. The effects of early institutionalization on social behavior and underlying neural correlates. (2009). In M. de Haan and M.R. Gunnar (Eds.) Handbook of Developmental Social Neuroscience (pp. 477-496). Guilford Press, New York.

Marshall, P.J., Reeb, B.C., & Fox, N.A. (2009). Electrophysiological responses to auditory novelty in temperamentally different 9-month-old infants. Developmental Science; 12: 568-582.

White, L.K., Helfinstein, S.M., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Degnan, K.A., & Fox, N.A.. (2009). Role of attention in the regulation of fear and anxiety. Developmental Neuroscience, 31: 309-317.

Marshall, P.J., Reeb, B.C., & Fox, N.A. (2008). Effects of early intervention on EEG power and coherence in previously institutionalized children in Romania. Development and Psychopathology; 20: 861-880.

Fox, N.A., & Reeb, B.C. (2008). Effects of early experience on the development of cerebral asymmetry and approach-withdrawal. In A.J. Elliot (Ed.) Handbook of Approach and Avoidance Motivation (pp. 35-49). Lawrence Erlbaum, Hillsdale, NJ.