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Clancy Blair

Clancy Blair, MPH, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Population Health, Department of Population Health

self-regulation, cognitive development, early childhood

My research primarily focuses on the development of self-regulation in young children with a specific focus on the development of executive functions. This research has demonstrated that executive functions are central to school readiness and school achievement, are substantially influenced by experience and the characteristics of the family and home environment, and highly interrelated with the regulation of the physiological response to stress. An important focus of this research is on the ways in which experience ‘gets under the skin’ to influence the development of executive functions through effects on stress physiology. This mechanism is one that appears to be particularly relevant to the effect of poverty on child development and may be one primary route through which childhood poverty exerts long-term effects on cognitive and social-emotional development throughout childhood.

Another focus of my research has been the conduct of randomized controlled trials of innovative programs designed to promote self-regulation in early childhood.  Tests of the efficacy of these programs indicates that it is possible to enhance the development of self-regulation in early childhood and doing so can benefit children’s academic achievement and social-emotional development, particularly for children from low-income homes.   



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Translational Research Bldg, 227 E 30th St.

7th Floor, Room 743

New York , NY 10016

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MPH from University of Alabama

PhD from University of Alabama

Gatzke-Kopp, Lisa M; Riis, Jenna L; Ahmadi, Hedyeh; Piccerillo, Hillary L; Granger, Douglas A; Blair, Clancy B; Thomas, Elizabeth A

Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology. 2023 May 05;

Gatzke-Kopp, Lisa M.; Riis, Jenna L.; Ahmadi, Hedyeh; Piccerillo, Hillary L.; Granger, Douglas A.; Blair, Clancy B.; Thomas, Elizabeth A.

Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology. 2023 Jan 01; ?-?

Aronoff, Jacob E; Ragin, Ann; Wu, Can; Markl, Michael; Schnell, Susanne; Shaibani, Ali; Blair, Clancy; Kuzawa, Christopher W

International journal of obesity (2005). 2022 May; 46(5):1044-1050

Blackwell, Courtney K; Mansolf, Maxwell; Sherlock, Phillip; Ganiban, Jody; Hofheimer, Julie A; Barone, Charles J; Bekelman, Traci A; Blair, Clancy; Cella, David; Collazo, Shaina; Croen, Lisa A; Deoni, Sean; Elliott, Amy J; Ferrara, Assiamira; Fry, Rebecca C; Gershon, Richard; Herbstman, Julie B; Karagas, Margaret R; LeWinn, Kaja Z; Margolis, Amy; Miller, Rachel L; O'Shea, T Michael; Porucznik, Christina A; Wright, Rosalind J

Pediatrics (1948). 2022 Apr 01; 149(4):

Ribner, Andrew; Devine, Rory T; Blair, Clancy; Hughes, Claire

Developmental science. 2022 Mar 31; e13263

Blair, Clancy; Ku, Seulki

Frontiers in psychology. 2022 Apr; 13:725828

Braren, Stephen H; Perry, Rosemarie E; Ribner, Andrew; Brandes-Aitken, Annie; Brito, Natalie; Blair, Clancy

Developmental psychobiology. 2021 Nov; 63(7):e22151