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Oklahoma State University

Laura Hubbs-Tait


Regents Professor

341 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-8360
Fax: 405-744-6344


Degree Institution  
Post-doc University of Texas at Austin  
Ph.D. Boston University  
M.S. Boston University  
B.S. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


My current research and extension efforts are focused within the broad area of how parenting enhances children’s resilience, competence and health. In research, I am focused on parenting as it relates to two general area, child cognition and child health, particularly healthy weight versus obesity and overweight. Within child cognition, I have ongoing work in infant language and cognition, in preschool language and cognition, and in toddler language and cognition. Within child overweight and obesity, I am writing up several manuscripts on the results of an Agriculture Experiment Station project and several manuscripts from the FiSH project. In extension, I am collaborating with Amanda Morris on the selection of parenting curricula and with Stephanie Grant on designing curricula for breastfeeding mothers. In teaching, I have recently become a certified online instructor and am reorganizing my research methods class to take advantage of the many instruction advantages online learning offers to our students.


  • Shriver, L. H., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G.L., Harrist, A. W., & Page, M. C. (2015). Child weight status moderates the relation between parental monitoring and concern about weight, and body esteem among 1st graders. Appetite, Manuscript in press
  • Harrist, A. W., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G.L., Shriver, L. H., & Page, M. C. (2013). Emotion regulation is related to children’s emotional and external eating. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 34, 557-565.
  • Henry, C.S. & Hubbs-Tait, L.   (2013). New directions in authoritative parenting. In R. E. Larzelere, A. S. Morris, & A. W. Harrist (Eds.) Authoritative parenting: Synthesizing nurturance and discipline for optimal child development., pp. 237-264. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press. doi: 10.1037/13948-011
  • Shriver, L. H., Harrist, A. W., Page M, Hubbs-Tait, L., Moulton MM*, & Topham, G.L. (2013). Differences in Body Esteem by Weight Status, Gender and Physical Activity among Young Elementary School-aged Children. Body Image, 10, 78-84.
  • *Aubuchon-Endsley NL., *Grant SL, Thomas DG, Kennedy, T., Berhanu G, Stoecker, B. J., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Hambidge, K. M. (2012). Infant responsiveness, alertness, hemoglobin and growth in rural Sidama, Ethiopia. Maternal and Child Nutrition, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2011.00391.x.
  • Harrist, A. W., Topham, G.L., Hubbs-Tait, L., Page, M. C., Kennedy, T. S., & Shriver, L. H. (2012). What developmental science can contribute to a transdisciplinary understanding of Childhood Obesity: An inter- and intrapersonal risk model. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 445-465.
  • Shriver, L. H., Harrist, A. W., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G.L., Page, M. C., & Barrett, A. (2011). Weight status, physical activity, and fitness among 3rd-grade low-income rural children. Journal of School Health, 81, 536-544.
  • Topham, G.L., Hubbs-Tait, L., Rutledge, J. M., Page, M. C., Kennedy, T. S., Shriver, L. H., & Harrist, A. H. (2011). Parenting styles, parental response to child emotion, and family emotional expressiveness are related to child emotional eating. Appetite, 56, 261-264.
  • Topham, G.L., Harrist, A. W. , Page, M. C., Rutledge, J. M., Kennedy, T., Shriver, L. H., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (2010). Maternal Depression and Socioeconomic Status Moderate the Parenting Style/Child Obesity Association.Public Health Nutrition, 13, 1237-1244.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., *Mulugeta A , *Bogale A, Kennedy, T., & Stoecker, B.J. (2009). Independent and interactive effects of iron, lead, and parenting on children’s cognitive outcomes. Developmental Neuropsychology, 34:175-195.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Mulugeta, A., Bogale, A., Kennedy, T. S., Baker, E. R., & Stoecker, B. J. (2009). Main and interaction effects of iron, zinc, lead, and parenting on children’s cognitive outcomes. Developmental Neuropsychology, 34, 175–195.
  • Longoria, A., Page, M., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Kennison, S. M. (2009). The relationship between kindergarten children’s social competence and language ability. Early Child Development and Care, 179, 919-929.
  • Stoecker, B. J., Abebe, Y., Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy, T. S., Gibson, R. S., Arbide, I., Teshome, A., Westcott, J., Krebs, N. F., & Hambidge, K. M. (2009). Zinc status and cognitive function of pregnant women in Southern Ethiopia.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 63:916-918.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy T. S., Page, M. C., Topham, G. L., & Harrist, A. W. (2008). Parental feeding practices predict authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive parenting styles. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108, 1154-1161.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy, T, Page, M.C., Topham, G.L., & Harrist, A.W. (2008). Authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive parenting styles: predicted by unique combinations of restriction, pressure, responsibility, monitoring and modeling. Journal of American Dietetic Association, 108: 1154-1161.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy, T, Page, M.C., Topham, G.L., & Harrist, A.W. (2008). Parenting Practices and Nutrition Practice, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108:1161-1163
  • Kennedy, T.S., Thomas, D.G., Wogene, T., Abebe, Y., Hubbs-Tait, L., Stoecker, B.J., & Hambidge, K.M. (2008). Growth and visual information processing in infants in southern Ethiopia. Journal of Applied Development Psychology, 29:129-140.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy, T, Droke, E.A., Belanger, D.M., & Parker, J. (2007). Zinc, iron and lead:Relations to Head Start children's cognitive scores and teachers' ratings of behavior. Journal of American Dietetic Association, 107:128-133.
  • Droke, E.A., Kennedy, T.S., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (2006). Potential for misclassification of micronutrient status in children participating in Head Start, Journal of American Dietetic Association, 106:376-382.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Page M. C., Huey, E., Starost, H. J., Culp, A. M., Culp, R. E., & Harper, E. A. (2006). Parenting quality: Confirmation of a higher-order latent construct with mothers of Head Start children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 491-506. NIHMS1517.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Nation, J.R., Krebs, N.F., & Bellinger, D.C. (2005). Neurotoxicants, micronutrients, and social environments: Individual and combined effects of children's development Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Tait, D.A., Hare, C., & Huey, E. (2005). Involvement of Native American families in early childhood education. In Spodek, B., & Saracho, O. (EDS). Contemporary Perspectives on Families and Communities in Early Childhood Education, Greenwich, CT: Information Age.
  • Blankemeyer, M., Culp, R.E., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Culp, A.M. (2002). A tool for identifying preschoolers' deficits in social competence: The preschool taxonomy of problem situations. Journal of Education and Treatment of Children, 25, 208-223.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Culp, A.M., Culp, R.E., Huey, E., Starost, H.J., & Hare, C. (2002). Relation of Head Start attendance to children's cognitive and social outcomes: Moderation by family risk. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 17, 539-558.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Culp, A.M., Culp, R.E., & Miller, C.E. (2002). Relation of maternal cognitive stimulation, emotional support, and intrusive behavior during Head Start to children's kindergarten cognitive abilities. Child Development, 73, 110-131.
  • Culp, A.M., Hubbs-Tait, L., Culp, R.E., & Starost, R. (2000). Maternal parenting characteristics and school involvement: Predictors of kindergarten cognitive competence among Head Start children. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 15, 5-17.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Hughes, K.P., Culp, A.M., Osofsky, J.D., Hann, D.M., Eberhart-Wright, A., & Ware, L.M. (1996). Children of adolescent mothers: Attachment representation, maternal depression, and later behavior problems. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 66(3), 416-426.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L. & Garmon, L.   (1995). The relationship of moral reasoning and AIDS knowledge to risky sexual behavior. Adolescence, 30, 549-564.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L., Osofsky, J.D., Hann, D.M., & Culp, A.M. (1994). Predicting behavior problems and social competence in children of adolescent mothers. Family Relations, 43, 439-446.
  • Roggman, L.A., Langlois, J.H., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Rieser-Danner, L. (1994). Infant day care, attachment, and the 'file-drawer problem’. Child Development, 65, 1421-1435.
  • Roggman, L.A., Langlois, J.H, & Hubbs-Tait, L. (1987). Mothers, infants, and toys: Social play correlates of attachment. Infant Behavior and Development, 10, 233-237.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L. (1986). The development of functionally similar and dissimilar operations of exclusion. Child Development, 57, 934-941.

Courses Taught

Infant and Child Development HDFS  3413
Child Behavior and Development HDFS  5213
Theories of Child Development HDFS  5223
Neurotoxicants, Nutrients, and Child Cognition HDFS  6250
Seminar in Human Development HDFS  6283

Awards & Recognition

  • 1998 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2006 Regents Distinguished Research Award


  • Hubbs-Tait, L. (PI on subcontract), Hare, C., & Roughface, F. (08/01/08-07/31/12). Pa ee Pa Koo oo Early Learning Center Demonstration Project. U.S. Department of Education (Office of Indian Education). Subcontract through Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. $200,000.
  • Hambidge, KM. (PI); CoPIs: Krebs, NF, Abebe, Y., Stoecker, BJ, Kennedy, T, Hubbs-Tait, L & Thomas, DG. (03/01/07-08/31/10). Zinc and Maternal-infant Cognition in S. Ethiopia: Randomized Controlled Trials. National Institutes of Health. $173,704.
  • Thomas, DG (PI), Kennedy, TS, Hubbs-Tait, L, & Stoecker, BJ. (9/1/07-8/31/10). Maternal dietary nutrients and neurotoxins in infant cognitive development. U. S. Department of Agriculture. $214,709.
  • Harrist, A. W. (PI), Topham, G., Shriver, L. H., Page, M., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (8/01/09-7/31/10). Intervening in Family and Peer Contexts to Decrease Child Overweight: Follow-up and Follow-Forward into 4th and 5th Grade. Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Stations (OAES). $10,000.
  • Harrist, A. W. (PI), Page, M., Topham, G., Humenikova, L. & Hubbs-Tait, L. (8/1/08-7/31/09). Families and Schools for Health: Follow-Up, Follow-Forward. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). $45,000.
  • Harrist, A. W. (PI), Page, M., Topham, G., Humenikova, L. & Hubbs-Tait, L. (8/1/07-7/31/08). Families and Schools for Health: Follow-Up and Follow-Forward into 2nd and 3rd Grade. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). $45,000.
  • Harrist, A. W. (PI), Topham, G., Kennedy T., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Page, M (1/1/05-12/31/08). Psychosocial factors in obese and at-risk overweight children’s lives: Family- and school-based interventions. [Working title: Families & Schools for Health]. U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). $1,000,000.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L. (PI), Kennedy, T., Richardson, D., Hermann, J., Brown, B., & Stoecker, B. (8/01/2006 – 10/15/2007). Parenting practices for cognitive, emotional, and nutritional health: Effects on child nutrient status, overweight, and behavior. Agriculture Experiment Station – USDA CSREES, $98,039.
  • Hubbs-Tait, L. (external evaluator). (08/01/05-07/31/07). Evaluation of Hukasa Child Learning Center Demonstration Project. United States Department of Education, Subcontract through Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, $70,000.
  • Harrist, A. W., Topham, G., Kennedy T., Page, M., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (01/01/05-12/31/08). Psychosocial factors in obese and at-risk overweight children’s lives: Family- and school-based interventions. U. S. Department of Agriculture, approximately $1,000,000.
  • Michael Hambidge (PI); CoPIs: Nancy Krebs, Yewelsew Abebe, Girma Abebe, Barbara Stoecker, Tay Kennedy & Laura Hubbs-Tait (09/30/03-08/31/06). Zinc and Maternal-Child Brain Function in Southern Ethiopia. Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, $50,000 (OSU subcontract).
  • Hubbs-Tait, L. (07/01/01–08/31/06). Competence in Head Start children. United CAP Head Start. $133,434.