Bharathi Jayanthi Zvara, PhD
Bharathi Jayanthi Zvara, PhD
Dr. Bharathi Zvara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a developmental psychologist whose main research interest is in the emotional and behavioral development in young children. A central focus of her research is to characterize the effects of early-life adversity and trauma and identify the biological and behavioral mechanisms through which early childhood experiences impact growth and development. Her work documents the key role of the family system, responsive caregiving practices, and the broader environment in which children live and develop. Her goal is to produce translatable knowledge to inform policies and programs that ultimately improve the lives of children and families.
Honors and AwardsEditorial Board
2021, Family Relations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family ScienceGrand Rounds - Department of Medline
2019, UNC-CHGrand Rounds - Department of Pediatrics
2018, UNC-CHNational Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award
PSYC 250 Child Development
MHCH 702- Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Zvara teaches courses that explore theories and models for understanding how family relationships and family experiences are associated with child development and well-being. The courses examine the dynamic relations between the individual and his or her social environment that are necessarily interdependent, exerting a continuous and reciprocal influence on one another. Students consider how a researcher goes from complex theories to actually doing research to test some of the questions that arise from theory; they also discuss different methods that can be used in developmental research, and the strengths and weaknesses of different methods.
2020-present Department of Maternal and Child Health, Master’s Committee
2016-2019 Department of Maternal and Child Health, Adjunct Professor Appointment Committee
Associate Director CDS Observes, FPG Child Development Institute
Editorial Review Board Member of Journal, Family Relations
Brain Development Research Consortium FPG Child Development Institute
Factors Associated with Parenting Stress in Parents of 18month old Children. Khalsa, AM., Weber, Z., Zvara, BJ., Keim, S., Andridge, R., Anderson, S. (2021). Child: Care, Health & Development.
Childhood Sexual Abuse and Maternal Age are Associated with Successful Detoxification from Opioids in Pregnancy. Macfie, J., Towers, C., Fortner, K., Stuart, G., Zvara, BJ., Kurdziel-Adams, G., Kors, S., Noose, S., Gorrondona, A., & Cohen, C. (2021). Addictive Behaviors.
A Mixed Methods Analysis of Environmental and Household Chaos: Implications for Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Toddlerhood. Krupsky, K., Parrott, A., Andridge, R., Zvara, BJ., Keim, S., Anderson, S. (2021). BMC Public Health.
Associations between caregiver knowledge of infant development and aspects of caregiver well-being in a sample of toddlers born premature and full- term. Sullivan, J., Zvara, BJ., Keim, S., Andridge, R., Anderson, S. (2021). The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
Maternal and Paternal Attachment Style and Chaos as Risk Factors for Parenting Behavior. Zvara, B.J., Lathren, C., Mills-Koonce, R. (2020). Family Relations.
Intimate Partner Violence, Parenting, and Children’s Representation of Mothers and Fathers. Zvara BJ, Mills-Koonce WR (2020). Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Pregnant Women’s History of Childhood Maltreatment and Current Opioid Use Severity: The Mediating Role of Reflective Functioning. Macfie, J., Zvara, BJ., Stuart, G., Kurdziel-Adams, G., Kors, S., Fortner, K., Towers, C., Gorrondona, A., Noose, S. (2020). Additive Behaviors.
Maternal history of childhood maltreatment and children's cognitive and social development. Zvara, BJ., M. Burchinal & the Family Life Project Key Contributors (2019). Early Child Development and Care.
PhD, Developmental Psychology (Quantitative Psychology Concentration), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MS, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
BS, Biochemistry, The Ohio State University