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Tal Yatziv, PhD

Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Child Study Center

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Tal Yatziv, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Child Study Center

    230 South Frontage Road

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States



Tal Yatziv, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Child Study Center, working under the mentorship of Dr. Helena Rutherford. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 2019. Her research interests focus on the interplay between cognitive and affective processes in shaping early parenting and infant socioemotional development. Specifically, Dr. Yatziv studies the contributions of cognitive control and automatic processing to how parents understand their children's thoughts and feelings, focusing on parental processing of infant cues, parental mentalization, and parental sensitive-responsiveness. In her research, she combines reaction-time and accuracy-based cognitive performance measures and computational modeling (e.g., evidence accumulation modeling), together with observation-based ecological methods (e.g., videotaped parent-infant interactions), to gain insights into how adaptive parenting unfolds in time.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Psychology (2019)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
SRCD Small Grant for Early Career ScholarsSociety for Research in Child Development (SRCD)2020

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