Early Childhood and Family Research Lab

Lab Directors

Carol George, PhD is professor of psychology and co-director of the Carol GeorgeMills College Infant Mental Health Program. She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley and is recognized internationally as an expert in attachment theory and assessment. Her research and publications have addressed the contributions of early parent-child relationships to social and emotional development and mental health risk for children, intersecting with divorce and overnight visitation, relationship violence, and the neurobiological correlates of early childhood experience in adults and adult psychiatry. She co-edited the only comprehensive books in the field of attachment on disorganization, Attachment Disorganization, and Disorganized Attachment and Caregiving. Dr. George's current research projects include research on the development of parental caregiving, factors influencing caregiving competence in fathers, and parent-child attachment in adolescence. Contact Dr. George at

Linda Perez, PhD is Holland Professor of Education and Linda Perezco-director of the Mills College Infant Mental Health Program. Dr. Perez has a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco State. She completed a 3-year research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Children’s Hospital–Harvard. This fellowship set the stage for her work in areas of early childhood trauma, infant mental health, medically fragile infants, and infants with developmental disabilities. Dr. Perez is currently working on two research projects. One examines the influence of early childhood trauma on the psychological wellbeing of helping professionals. The other is the development, implementation, and evaluation of social emotional and cognitive behavior through a preschool curriculum that introduces elements of reflection and relationship-based work to facilitate the development of self-regulation and emerging executive function. Contact Dr. Perez at

Lab Faculty and Lab Manager

Betty LinBetty Lin, MA, CCLS, is the advisor for the Early Childhood Special Education Program and an adjunct faculty member at the School of Education. She is a certified child life specialist and she holds teaching credentials in early childhood special education and multiple subjects. She has over 10 years of experience as a development specialist and an advocate in the field of early intervention and early childhood education. She serves as a board member of the Infant Development Association of CA, a steering committee member of the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council, and a member of the advisory committee for the Alameda County's Race to the Top, Early Learning Challenge Grant. Contact Professor Lin at

Amy Houston Amy Houstoncurrently serves as lab director, assisting with organizing its many research studies and members. Amy comes to the lab with over 14 years of experience working with young children and their families and mentoring graduate students seeking higher degrees in Education. Her educational credentials include a Mills BA in Child Development and MSEd from Bankstreet College of Education in New York. Amy’s professional commitments outside the lab are as an Early Childhood Special Education Specialist. She holds a permanent New York state special education teaching credential and teaching certification for early childhood special education in California.

Contact Information

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F: 510.430.3379
Last Updated: 12/4/13