Cynthia A. Frosch, PhD, IMH-E®
Associate Professor
Cynthia A. Frosch headshot
Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: No

Accepting new undergraduate students: Yes


206E Spidle Hall

Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
261 Mell Street
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3212



Fun Facts
Favorite Movie:

One rescue pup, Everest.

Hiking, word games, coffee, outdoor adventures.

Favorite Quote:
“Life is best organized as a series of daring ventures from a secure base.” – John Bowlby.

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be?
Professional organizing

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Developmental Science and the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979-1999)
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Developmental Psychology (1997)
M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Developmental Psychology (1994)
B.A. University of Maryland Baltimore County, Interdisciplinary Studies (1992)
Research Interest
•Social and emotional development in early childhood
•Early childhood mental health
•Parenting and attachment
•Reflective supervision/consultation in early childhood
•Relational health
Courses Taught
HDFS 3110 Infant and Toddler Development
HDFS 4670 Parent Education
HDFS 5400/6400 Program Design for Communities, Schools, and Families
Selected Publications
Frosch, C. A., Fagan, M. A., Middlemiss, W., Kim, J. G., & Sjolseth, S. R. (2023) Parental personality, mental health, and fear of happiness as predictors of perceived coparenting relationship quality among mothers and fathers of preschoolers. Australian Journal of Psychology, 75.

McWood, L. M., Frosch, C. A., Wienke Garrison, C. M., Erath, S. A., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2023). “But There’s Only So Much You Can Do…” Parent support-giving within the context of peer victimization. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 43(4), 455–489.

Brophy-Herb, H. E., Stacks, A. M., Frosch, C. A., Brincks, A. M., Cook, J. L., Vallotton, C. D., Perkins, H. A., Kim, L. E., Carson, R., Muzik, M., Rosenblum, K., & Jennings, P. A. (2022). The effects of a relationship-focused professional development intervention on infant and toddler teachers’ mindfulness-based strategies for coping. Early Childhood Education Journal,

Frosch, C. A., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. C., & O’Banion, D. D. (2021). Parenting and child development: A relational health perspective. Invited Analytic Review, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 15, 45-59.

Owen, M. T., & Frosch, C. A., (2021) Attachment and early child care. In R. Thompson, J. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.), Attachment: The fundamental questions (341-348). New York, NY: Guilford Press.