Research Departments & Organizations
Dr Rutherford's research focuses on understanding the neurobiology of parenting and the development of new approaches to assess parenting in the laboratory. She uses primarily behavioral and electrophysiological assessments, and her recent work has focused on measuring sensitivity to infant cues (visual and auditory) as well as top-down regulation of response to infant cues by cognitive control. She is also interested in how addiction may impact these processes, as well as assessing the contribution of other individual difference measures to the neural correlates of parenting. Dr Rutherford’s additional research interests include emotion perception and regulation, as well as developmental changes that occur during adolescence in sensitivity to reward and stress.Dr. Rutherford is the Yale Course Tutor for the University College London / Anna Freud Centre and Yale Child Study Center Masters degree in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology.
Extensive Research Description
Individual differences in the neural correlates of infant cue perception
Maternal distress tolerance and stress reactivity
|Supportive Care, Prevention||Pregnancy Massage and Mindfulness Study for Tobacco Smoking Women|
|Children's Health, Diseases in Infants & Newborns||Oxytocin and Brain Responses in Maternal Addiction|
|Addictive Behaviors, Diseases of the Nervous System, Mental Health & Behavioral Research, Women's Health||Neural Circuitry of Parenting: Neuroimaging Studies of Cocaine-Abusing Mothers|
Investigating the impact of parental status and depression symptoms on the early perceptual coding of infant faces: an event-related potential study.
Noll LK, Mayes LC, Rutherford HJ. Investigating the impact of parental status and depression symptoms on the early perceptual coding of infant faces: an event-related potential study. Social Neuroscience 2012, 7:525-36. 2012
Disruption of maternal parenting circuitry by addictive process: rewiring of reward and stress systems.
Rutherford HJ, Williams SK, Moy S, Mayes LC, Johns JM. Disruption of maternal parenting circuitry by addictive process: rewiring of reward and stress systems. Frontiers In Psychiatry 2011, 2:37. 2011
Neurobiology of adolescent substance use disorders: implications for prevention and treatment.
Rutherford HJ, Mayes LC, Potenza MN. Neurobiology of adolescent substance use disorders: implications for prevention and treatment. Child And Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics Of North America 2010, 19:479-92. 2010