Montana State University

Contact Information

Rebecca Brooker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Montana State University
PO Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: 406-994-3808
Fax: 406-994-3804
Loc: 210 AJM Johnson Hall

E-mail Address:

Rebecca J. Brooker

Research Interests

  • Emotional and Biological Risk Factors for Anxiety Problems in Early Life
  • Neurodevelopmental Correlates of Risk for Psychopathology
  • Identifying Normative and Atypical Developmental Trajectories
  • Gene-environment Interplay in the Development of Mental Health

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013). University of Wisconsin - Madison; Madison, WI
  • Ph.D. (2011). The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA
  • M.S. (2008). The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA
  • B.A. (2003). Central College; Pella, IA

Selected Recent Publications

Brooker, R.J., Neiderhiser, J.M., Ganiban, J.M., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., & Reiss, D. (In Press). Birth and adoptive parent anxiety symptoms moderate the link between infant atteniton control and internalizing problems in toddlerhood. Development & Psychopathology. NIHMSID: 476374.

Brooker, R.J., & Buss, K.A. (2014). Toddler fearfulness is linked to individual differences in error-related negativity during preschool. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39(1), 1-8. NIHMSID: 505898.

Brooker, R.J., Buss, K.A., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Aksan, N., Davidson, R.J., & Goldsmith, H.H. (2013). The development of stranger fear in infancy and toddlerhood: Normative development, individual differences, antecedents, and outcomes. Developmental Science, 16(6), 864-878. NIHMSID: 464862.

Buss, K.A., Davis, E.L., Kiel, E.J., Brooker, R.J., Beekman, C.R., & Early, M.C. (2013). Dysregulated fear predicts social wariness and social anxiety symptoms during kindergarten. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(5), 603-616. PMCID: PMC3675171.

Schmidt, N.L., Van Hulle, C., Brooker, R.J., Meyer, L.R., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H.H. (2013). Wisconsin twin research: Early development, childhood psychopathology, autism, and sensory over-responsivity. Twin Research & Human Genetics, 16(Special Issue 1), 376-384. PMCID: PMC3570675.

Brooker, R.J., Buss, K.A., & Dennis, T.A. (2011). Error-monitoring brain activity is associated with affective behaviors in young children. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 141-152. PMCID: PMC3092557.

Buss, K.A., Dennis, T.A., Brooker, R.J., & Sippel, L.M. (2011). An ERP study of conflict monitoring in 4- to 8-year old children: Associations with temperament. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 131-140. PMCID: PMC3111917

Brooker, R.J.
, Neiderhiser, J.M., Kiel, E.J., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., & Reiss, D. (2011). Attention control moderates associations between infants' risk for anxiety and social inhibition. Infancy, 16, 490-507. PMCID: PMC3158002.

Information for Prospective Students

I am currently accepting applications for graduate students to being in the Fall of 2014. Please visit my laboratory website for additional information.