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Dr. Laura Glynn

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Psychology
Expertise: Human Pregnancy; Fetal Programming; Human Milk and Breastfeeding; Postpartum Depression; Maternal Brain and Behavior; Maternal-Child Health;
Office Location: Crean Hall 544 N. Cypress Avenue
Phone: (714) 289-2075
University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, San Diego, Master of Arts
University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.


Dr. Glynn research consists of interdisciplinary program examining the interplay between biological, psychosocial and behavioral processes in human pregnancy and the influences of these processes on fetal/child development. Her research in the realm of maternal-child health covers three main areas:  1. Understanding the underlying causes of premature birth, the most serious problem in maternal-child health and the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the United States. 2. Elucidating how pre- and postnatal hormone exposures influence the female brain and behavior, and also more specifically the quality of maternal behavior and postpartum depression.  3.  Determining the role of very early life influences in fetal, infant and child development.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Hankin BL, Davis EP, Snyder H, Young JF, Glynn LM & Sandman CA (2017). Temperament factors and dimensional, latent bifactor models of child psychopathology: transdiagnostic and specific associations in two youth samples. Psychiatry Research 252, 139-146.
Curran MM, Sandman CA, Davis EP, Glynn LM & Baram TZ (2017). Abnormal dendritic maturation of developing cortical neurons exposed to corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH): insights into the effects of prenatal adversity? PloS One 12, e0180311.
Hahn-Holbrook J, Davis EP & Glynn LM (2017). Response to “Cortisol in human milk: the good, the bad, or the ugly?” Obesity, 25, 1154.
Howland MA, Sandman CA & Glynn LM (2017). Developmental origins of the human hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Davis EP, Stout SA, Molet J, Vegetabile B, Glynn LM, Sandman CA, Hein K, Stern S and Baram TZ (in press). Early life exposure to unpredictable maternal sensory signals influences cognitive development: A cross-species approach. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Howland MA, Sandman CA, Glynn LM, Crippen C & Davis EP (2016). Fetal exposure to placental corticotropin-releasing hormone is associated with child self-reported internalizing symptoms. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 67, 10-17.
Hahn-Holbrook J, Fox M & Glynn LM (2016). Demonstration of elevated cerebralspinal fluid CRH levels during pregnancy provides support for (not against) the link between CRH and postpartum depression. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 101, L5-6.
Edelmann MN, Sandman CA, Glynn LM, Wing DA & Davis EP (2016). Antenatal glucocorticoid treatment is associated with diurnal cortisol regulation in term-born children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 72, 106-112.
Glynn LM, Davis EP, Sandman CA & Goldberg WA (2016). Gestational hormone profiles predict human maternal behavior at 1-year postpartum. Hormones and Behavior, 85, 19-25.
Hahn-Holbrook J, Le TB*, Chung A*, Davis EP & Glynn LM (in press). Cortisol in human milk predicts child BMI. Obesity.
Sandman CA, Class QA, Glynn LM & Davis EP (2015). Neurobehavioral disorders and developmental origins of health and disease. In C Rosenfeld, Ed. The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
Fox M & Glynn LM (in press). Fetal programming of gender. In K Nadal Ed., The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.
Stout SA, Espel EV, Sandman CA, Glynn LM & Davis EP (2015). Fetal programming of children’s obesity risk. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 53, 29-39.
Glynn LM & Sandman CA (2015). Relationship between placental corticotropin-releasing hormone and postpartum depression: can defining what “postpartum depression” means make a difference? –Authors Reply. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77, 342-343.
Fox M, Sandman CA, Davis EP & Glynn LM (2015). Intra-individual consistency in endocrine profiles across successive pregnancies. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 100, 4637-4647.
Glynn LM (in press). Does pregnancy brain really exist? Scientific American Mind.
Sandman CA, Glynn LM & Davis EP (in press). Neurobehavioral consequences of fetal exposure to gestational stress. In B Kisilevsky & N Reissland, Eds. Advancing Research in Fetal Development.
Espel EV, Glynn LM, Sandman CA & Davis EP (2014). Longer gestation among children born full term influences cognitive and motor development. PLoS One, 9, e113758.
Hilmert CJ, Dominguez TP, Dunkel Schetter C, Srinivas SK, Glynn LM, Hobel CJ & Sandman CA (2014). Lifetime racism and blood pressure changes during pregnancy: implications for fetal growth. Health Psychology, 33, 43-51.
Kane HS, Glynn LM, Dunkel Schetter C, Hobel CJ & Sandman CA. (2014) Pregnancy anxiety and prenatal cortisol trajectories. Biological Psychology, 100, 13-19.
Glynn LM & Sandman CA. (2014) Evaluation of the association between placental corticotrophin-releasing hormone and postpartum depressive symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76, 355-62.
Grey KR, Davis EP, Sandman CA & Glynn LM (2013). Human milk cortisol is associated with infant temperament. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1178-1185.
Hahn-Holbrook J, Dunkel Schetter C, Haselton MG & Glynn LM (2013). Does breastfeeding offer protection against maternal depressive symptomatology? A prospective study from pregnancy to 2 years after birth. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 16, 411-422.
Sandman CA, Glynn LM & Davis EP (2013). Is there a viability-vulnerability tradeoff? Sex differences in fetal programming. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75, 327-335.
Glynn LM, Davis EP & Sandman CA (2013). New insights into the role of perinatal HPA-axis dysregulation in postpartum depression. Neuropeptides, 47, 363-370.
Glynn LM & Sandman CA (2012). Sex moderates associations between prenatal glucocorticoid exposure and human fetal neurological development. Developmental Science, 15, 601-610.
Stapleton LR, Schetter CD, Westling E, Rini C, Glynn LM, Hobel CJ & Sandman CA (2012). Perceived partner support in pregnancy predicts lower maternal and infant distress. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 453-463.
Sandman CA, Davis EP & Glynn LM (2012). Prescient human fetuses thrive. Psychological Science, 23, 93-100.
Glynn LM (2012) Increasing parity is associated with impaired memory in human mothers. Journal of Women’s Health, 21, 1038-1048.
Dunkel Schetter C & Glynn LM (2011). Stress in pregnancy: empirical evidence and theoretical issues to guide interdisciplinary research. In R. Contrada & A. Baum, Eds., Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology and Health.
Davis EP, Glynn LM, Waffarn F & Sandman CA (2011). Prenatal maternal stress programs infant stress regulation. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 119-129.
Glynn LM & Sandman CA (2011). Prenatal origins of neurological development: A critical period for fetus and mother. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20,384-389.
Sandman CA, Davis EP, Buss C & Glynn LM (2011). Exposure to prenatal psychobiological stress exerts programming effects on the mother and her fetus. Neuroendocrinology.
Blair MM, Glynn LM, Sandman CA & Davis EP (2011). Prenatal maternal anxiety and early childhood temperament. Stress, 14, 644-651.
Sandman CA, Davis EP, Buss C & Glynn LM (2011). Prenatal programming of human neurological function. International Journal of Peptides, 2011:837596.
Okun ML, Dunkel Schetter C & Glynn LM (2011). Poor sleep quality is associated with preterm birth. Sleep, 34, 1493-1498.
Sandman CA, Davis EP, Buss C & Glynn LM (2011). Prenatal programming of human neurological function. International Journal of Peptides, 2011:837596.
Grant-Beuttler M, Glynn LM, Salisbury AL, Davis EP, Holliday C & Sandman CA (2011). Development of fetal movement between 26 and 36 weeks’ gestation in response to vibroacoustic stimulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 350.
Sandman CA, Cordova CJ, Davis EP, Glynn LM & Buss C (2011). Patterns of fetal heart rate response at ~30 weeks predicts size at birth. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 2, 212-217.