My main research interest focuses on identifying early risk and protective factors of cognitive development and how early psychosocial and physiological pathways can influence the course of development. More specifically, I am interested in examining the effects of early cumulative stress and the role of parenting on self-regulatory functions of young children. I hope to study the modifiable processes of early development as a biopsychosocial phenomenon with the aim of understanding the ways in which a child’s early experience might have long-term effects on their developmental trajectory.
I am a doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department and a Project Assistant in the Child and Family Ecologies (CAFÉ) Lab at UW–Madison, working with Dr. Janean Dilworth-Bart and exploring the impact of early stress on young children’s cognitive functions and parenting.
Education and Relevant Experience
Saliha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Istanbul Sehir University, where she became interested in studying how early experience influences the course of development. Saliha also worked as a research volunteer in the Laboratory for Youth Mental Health, Harvard University on a meta-analysis project, which examined youth psychotherapy between 2014-2016. After graduating, Saliha received her M.A. in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Boston University. There, she completed a thesis titled The Role of Chronic Physiological Stress & Mother-Infant Interaction in Executive Function Development in Early Childhood, under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Tarullo. She worked as a research assistant for Dr. Tarullo, exploring the impact of early chronic stress on young children’s cognitive functioning and parenting.
Selman, S. B., Dilworth-Bart, J., Selman, H. S., Cook, J. G., & Duncan, L. G. (2020). Skin-to-Skin Contact in Infant Emotional and Cognitive Development in Chronic Perinatal Distress. Early Human Development, 151(105182), 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2020.105182
Schultz, A., Malecki, K., Olson, M., Selman, S. B., Olaiya, O., Spicer, A., Schauer, J., Kirkorian, H., & Dilworth-Bart, J. (2020). Investigating Cumulative Exposures Among 3- to 4-Year-Old Children Using Wearable Ultrafine Particle Sensors and Language Environment Devices: A Pilot and Feasibility Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(14), 5259-5274. doi:10.3390/ijerph17145259
- Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Program