Cynthia A. Frosch, PhD, IMH-E®
Associate Professor
Cynthia A. Frosch headshot

206E Spidle Hall

Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
261 Mell Street
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3212



Fun Facts
Favorite Movie:
Moonstruck. I watch it almost every month.

Hiking in Colorado, watching food shows with my kids, searching for really good espresso

Everest, a Great Pyrenees mix. My family rescued her from a shelter that day we just “went looking.”

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Developmental Science and the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979-1999)
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Developmental Psychology (1997)
M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Developmental Psychology (1994)
B.A. University of Maryland Baltimore County, Interdisciplinary Studies (1992)
Research Interest
•Social and emotional development in early childhood
•Early childhood mental health
•Parenting and attachment
•Reflective supervision/consultation in early childhood
•Relational health
Courses Taught
HDFS 4950 Infant and Toddler Development
HDFS 4670 Parent Education
HDFS 5400/6400 Program Design for Communities, Schools, and Families
Selected Publications
Owen, M. T., & Frosch, C. A., (2021) Attachment and early child care. In R. Thompson, J. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.), Attachment: The fundamental questions (341-348). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Frosch, C. A., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. C., & O’Banion, D. D. (2021). Parenting and child development: A relational health perspective. Invited Analytic Review, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 15, 45-59. doi: 10.1177/1559827619849028

Fagan, M. A., Frosch, C. A., Middlemiss, W., LaCoursiere, J., Owen, M. T., Hane, A. A., & Welch, M. (2019). The practical utility of the Welch Emotional Connection Screen for rating parent-infant relational health. Infancy, 24, 881-892. doi: 10.1111/infa.12311.

Frosch, C. A., Fagan, M., Lopez, M., Middlemiss, W., Chang, M., Hane, A. A., & Welch, M. (2019). Validation study showed that ratings on the Welch Emotional Connection Screen at infant age six months are associated with child behavioural problems at age three years. Acta Paediatrica, 108, 889-895. doi: 10.1111/apa.14731.

Frosch, C. A., Mitchell, Y. T., Hardgraves, L., & Funk, S. (2019). Stress and coping among early childhood intervention professionals receiving reflective supervision: A qualitative analysis. Infant Mental Health Journal, 40, 443-458. doi: 10.10002/imhj.21792.