Pamela  Schuetze-Pizarro

Pamela Schuetze-Pizarro

Professor
(716) 878-4022
Campus Address: Classroom Building C305

Pamela Schuetze is a developmental psychologist specializing in the development of at-risk infants and children. She teaches many of the developmental psychology courses as well as Research Methods and Senior Seminar.

For further information, please visit Dr. Schuetze's website

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1995-1996. Emory University School of Medicine.

Ph.D.,  Developmental Psychology, 1995. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dissertation Title: Relation Between Maternal Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy and Neonatal State and Heart Rate.

M. S., Developmental Psychology, 1993. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Thesis Title: Detection by Adults of Differences in the Duration of Pauses in Infant Cries.

B. M., Music Performance, Minor: Psychology, 1991. Wittenberg University. (Magna Cum Laude, University Honors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board).

Professional Positions

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, SUNY College at Buffalo, 2008-present

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, SUNY College at Buffalo, 2002-2008.

Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, SUNY at Buffalo. 2001-present.

Associate Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, New York. 1996-present.

Research Interests

Development in infants and toddlers, the influence of typical and atypical prenatal and early postnatal experiences (especially the effect of prenatal drug exposure and breastfeeding) on behavioral and physiological development.

Courses Usually Taught                                           

  • PSY 355  Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 356  Child Development
  • PSY 388  Death and Dying
  • PSY 415  Competent Infant
  • PSY 417  Atypical Infant
  • PSY 450  Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 472  Senior Seminar

Recent Students Mentored

Susan Danielewicz

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Danielewicz, S.* (in press). The association between prenatal cocaine exposure and physiological regulation at 13 months of age.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Schuetze, P., & Danielewicz, S. D. (March, 2009). The association between prenatal cocaine exposure and physiological regulation at 13 months of age.  Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA. This paper won a Psi Chi Award for Undergraduate Research.

Laura Dombkowksi

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Dombkowski, L. (2006). The association between cigarette smoking during pregnancy and maternal behavior during the neonatal period.  Infancy, 10, 267-288.

Eiden, R. D., Stevens, A., Schuetze, P., & Dombkowski, L. E. (2006). A conceptual model for maternal behavior among poly-drug cocaine using mothers.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 1-10.

Desirae Lawton

Schuetze, P., Lawton, D., & Eiden, R. D. (2006). Prenatal cocaine exposure and infant sleep at 7 months of age: The influence of the caregiving environment.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 27, 383-404.

Francisco Lopez

Lopez, F.* & Schuetze, P. (2006). Relation between cigarette exposure and cortisol levels in 7-month old infants. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Francisco, CA.

“Cortisol Levels in Infants Exposed to Cigarettes,” National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities to 3 R15 HD39645-01 A2 S1). SUNY College at Buffalo. $19,394 (2003-2006).

Winner of 2004-2005 Buffalo State President’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

Kelli Houser

Houser, K.*, Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (May, 2004). Maternal Substance Use, Maternal Behavior during Mother-Infant Feeding Interactions, and Possible Mediators of Risk. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.

Houser, K.*, & Schuetze, P. (2003). The association between maternal and child characteristics and child compliance. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Awarded Student Research Grant from National Psi Chi Honor Society.

Rachel Sunley

Sunley, R., Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D.  (March, April 2007). The association between prenatal exposure to cigarettes and infant and maternal negative affect. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Eiden, R. D., Granger, D., Schuetze, P., & Veira, Y. (in press). Role of infant stress reactivity and caregiving context as predictors of child behavior problems among cocaine-exposed todders. Development & Psychopathology.

Eiden, R. D., Schuetze, P., & Coles, C. D. (in press). Maternal cocaine use and mother-infant interactions: Direct and moderated associations.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Danielewicz, S.* (in press). The association between prenatal cocaine exposure and physiological regulation at 13 months of age.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Eiden, R. D., McAuliffe, S., Kachadourian, L., Coles, C. D., Colder, C., & Schuetze, P. (2009). Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on infant reactivity and regulation.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 31, 60-68.

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Edwards, E. P. (2009).  A longitudinal examination of physiological regulation in cocaine-exposed infants across the first 7 months of life.  Infancy, 14, 19-43.

Schuetze, P., Lopez, F.*, Granger, D. A., & Eiden, R. D. (2008). The association between prenatal cigarette exposure and cortisol reactivity at 7 months of age.  Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 819-834.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (2007). The association between prenatal exposure to cigarettes and infant and maternal negative affect.  Infant Behavior and Development, 30, 387-398.

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Coles, C. D. (2007). Prenatal cocaine use and other substance exposure: Effects on infant autonomic regulation at 7 months of age.  Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 276-289.

Eiden, R. D., Foote, A., & Schuetze, P. (2007). Maternal cocaine use and caregiving status: Group differences in caregiver and infant risk variables.  Addictive Behaviors, 32, 465-476.

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Dombkowski, L.* (2006). The association between cigarette smoking during pregnancy and maternal behavior during the neonatal period. Infancy, 10, 267-288.

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R. D. (2006).  The association between maternal smoking and secondhand exposure and autonomic functioning at 2-4 weeks of age.  Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 32-43.

Eiden, R. D., Stevens, A., Schuetze, P., & Dombkowski, L. E.* (2006). A conceptual model for maternal behavior among poly-drug cocaine using mothers.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 1-10.

Schuetze, P., Lawton, D.*, & Eiden, R. D. (2006). Prenatal cocaine exposure and infant sleep at 7 months of age: The influence of the caregiving environment.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 27, 383-404.

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R.D. (2006). The association between maternal cocaine use during pregnancy and physiological regulation in one-month old infants: An examination of possible mediators and moderators.  The Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 15-26.

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R. D. (2005). The relationship between sexual abuse during childhood and parenting outcomes:  Modeling drect and indirect pathways.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 29, 645-659.

Schuetze, P. & Reid, H. M. (2005). Emotional lateralization in the second year of life: Evidence from oral asymmetries. Laterality, 10, 207-217.

Schuetze, P. (2004). Evaluation of a brief homework assignment designed to reduce citation problems. Teaching of Psychology, 31, 257-259. 

Selected Refereed Conference Papers

Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (June 2010). Prenatal cocaine exposure and mother-child aggression: A mediational model. Paper presented at the 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health in Leipzig, Germany.

Eiden, R. D., Granger, D. A.,Schuetze, P., Veira, Y. (March 2010). Role of infant stress reactivity and caregiving context as predictors of child behavior problems among cocaine-exposed toddlers. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD (invited symposium, Lester, B.).

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R. D. (March, 2010). The association between prenatal exposure to cigarettes and physiological regulation in 2-month-old infants.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Danielewicz, S.* (March, 2010). Prenatal cocaine exposure and physiological regulation at 13 Months of Age. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (March 2010). Infant reactivity and child behavior problems in a high risk sample. Paper Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Eiden, R.D., & Schuetze, P. (October, 2009). The association between maternal cocaine use during pregnancy and mother-infant play interactions in the first year of life. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (April, 2009). The Association between Prenatal Cigarette Exposure & Physiological Reactivity and Regulation in Boys and Girls at 7 Months of Age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (April, 2009).  The association between prenatal cigarette exposure and physiological reactivity and regulation in boys and girls at 7 months of age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Eiden, R. D., Colder, C., & Schuetze, P. (April, 2009).  Maternal and child aggression among cocaine-using mothers: Testing a meditational model. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Schuetze, P., & Danielewicz, S. D. (March, 2009).  The association between prenatal cocaine exposure and physiological regulation at 13 months of age.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Schuetze, P., Edwards, E. P., & Eiden, R. D. (June, 2008).  An examination of physiological regulation in cocaine-exposed infants across the first 7 months of life.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems in Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Eiden, R. D., Veira, Y., Granger, D. A., & Schuetze, P. (June, 2008).  Prenatal cocaine exposure and infant stress reactivity.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College on Problems in Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D.  (March, April 2007).  Relations between mother-infant interactions and prenatal exposure to cigarettes at 7-months of age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (March, April 2007).  The associations between prenatal polydrug exposure and autonomic regulation at 1 month of age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Sunley, R.*, Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D.  (March, April 2007).  The association between prenatal exposure to cigarettes and infant and maternal negative affect.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Zeskind, P. S., Garber, K. A., Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P.  (May 2007).  Prenatal cocaine exposure disrupts arousal regulation during infant attention at 7-months.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development,
Boston, MA.

Zeskind, P. S., Eiden, R. D., Garber, K. A., Schuetze, P. & Barzilai, Y. (May 2007).  Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure during attention at 7 months of age.  Paper presentedat the meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Meeting.

Dombkowski, L.*, & Schuetze, P. (March, 2006).  The association between breastfeeding and heart rate at 2-4 weeks of age.  Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.

Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (February, 2006).  Psychological correlates of maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Orlando, FL.

Schuetze, P., Eiden, R. D., & Dombkowski, L.* (February, 2006).  Maternal behavior during mother-infant feeding interactions among 2-4 week old cigarette exposed infants. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Orlando, FL.

Schuetze, P. , & Eiden, R. D. (February, 2006).  Psychological correlates of maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Orlando, FL.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (February, 2006).  Physiological reactivity and regulation among 7-month old infants prenatally exposed to cigarettes.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Orlando, FL.

Zeskind, P. S., Eiden, R.D., Schuetze, P., & Garber, K. A.  (May, 2006).  Prenatal cocaine exposure disrupts rhythmic organization of infant autonomic regulation at one month of age.  Paper presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Meeting.

Lopez, F.*, Schuetze, P., and Eiden, R. D. (May, 2005).  The association between pre and postnatal cigarette exposure and infant cortisol levels.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, San Francisco, CA.

Schuetze, P., Zeskind, P. S., Eiden, R. D., Coles, C. D., Stevens, A. (April, 2005).  The physiological responses of mothers who used cocaine during pregnancy to infant cry sounds.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Eiden, R. D., McAuliffe, S., Couture, P. & Schuetze, P. (April, 2005).  Cocaine exposed boys have higher reactivity in infancy. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Veira, Y., Eiden, R. D., Schuetze, P., & McAuliffe, S. (April, 2005).  Effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on activity level and exploration in infancy.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (April, 2005).  The association between cigarette exposure and reactivity during an arm restraint procedure at 7 months of age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Dombkowski, L.*, Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (April, 2005).  Prenatal and postnatal cigarette exposure and maternal behavior during mother-infant feeding interactions at 2-4 weeks of age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R. D. (May, 2004).  Infant growth as mediators of the association between prenatal and passive exposure to cigarettes and heart rate in 2-week old infants.   Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R. D. (May, 2004).  Relation between maternal substance use and infant arousal: An examination of possible mediators and moderators of risk. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL. 

Houser, K.*, Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (May, 2004).  Maternal substance use, maternal behavior during mother-infant feeding interactions, and possible mediators of risk.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.

Lawton, D.*, Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (May, 2004). The association between prenatal exposure to cocaine and sleep at 7-months of age.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.

Veira, Y., Eiden, R. D., & Schuetze, P. (May, 2004). Prenatal cocaine exposure and infant stress response as measured by salivary cortisol.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.

Zeskind, P.S., Schuetze, P., Coles, C.D.,  & Platzman, K. (May, 2004).  Spectral analysis of infant crying predicts neurobehavioral integrity in newborns with prenatal polydrug exposure.   Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research, San Francisco, CA.

Brooks, L. R., & Schuetze, P. (May, 2004).  Evaluation of mother-infant interactions in gorillas using a modified feeding scale.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL. 

Eiden, R. D., Dombkowksi, L.,* & Schuetze, P. (2003).  Risks associated with maternal substance use and mother-infant interactions.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Houser, K.*, & Schuetze, P. (2003).  The association between maternal and child characteristics and child compliance.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Schuetze, P., & Eiden, R. D. (2002).  Sexual abuse during childhood and parenting among mothers of infants: Modeling direct and indirect pathways.  Presented at the biennial meeting of the International Conference on Infant Studies, Toronto, ON.

Schuetze, P. & Eiden, R. D. (2001).  The effect of alcohol in breastmilk on infant behavioral state and mother-infant feeding interactions.   Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Schuetze, P., Zeskind, P. S., & Eiden, R. D. (2001).  Relations between mother’s drug use and perceptions of infant distress signals varying in pitch.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Loeser, S.*, Schuetze, P., & Schwagler-Hengle, D.* (2001). The relationship between quality of the caregiving environment and the development of self-control in toddlers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Schuetze, P., & Zeskind, P. S. (2000).  Women’s depression affects perceived meaning of infant cry sounds.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research.

Schuetze, P., & Zeskind, P. S. (2000).  Women’s depression affects perceived meaning of infant cry sounds.  Paper presented at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies and American Academy of Pediatrics, Joint Meeting, Boston, MA.

Schuetze, P., Reid, H., & Battiato, A.*  (1999). Oral asymmetries of emotional expressions in 12-month-old infants.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Schuetze, P., Mac Kenzie, S.*, & Eiden, R. (1999).  Hand preference at 1- and 7-months of age in cocaine-exposed infants.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Reid, H. M., Schuetze, P., Kirkendall, A.*, Battiato, A.*, & Curtis, L.* (1999). An easily utilized method for assessing lateralization of emotion using oral movements.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Providence, RI.

Schuetze, P., DiMartino, D.*, & Lewis, A.* (1998).  The association between time spent in daycare and infants’ exploratory behaviors.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Schuetze, P., Mac Kenzie, S.*, & Eiden, R. (1998).  The development of lateralized functions in a sample of high-risk infants.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Funded Grants – National

1999 - 2001 Co-Investigator (with Jurgis Karuza), “Mental Health Issues in Applied Life Span Development,” National Institute on Mental Health (1 R25 MH61443-01), SUNY College at Buffalo. $227,907.00. 

2001 – 2006 Co-Investigator (with Rina Eiden), “Maternal Substance Use and Toddler Self-Regulation,” National Institute on Drug Abuse (1 R01 DA13190-01), Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo. $2,593,811.00. 

2001 – 2006 Co-Investigator (with Jurgis Karuza), “Mental Health Issues in Applied Life Span Development,” National Institute on Mental Health (1 R25 MH61443-01), SUNY College at Buffalo.  $652,296.00. 

2002 – 2005 Principal Investigator, “Pre- and Postnatal Cigarette Exposure and Infant Regulation”, National Institute on Child Health and Human Development  (3 R15 HD 39645-01 A2), SUNY College at Buffalo.   $113,090.00.

2003 – 2005 Principal Investigator, “Cortisol Levels in Infants Exposed to Cigarettes,”National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities to 3 R15 HD39645-01 A2 S1). SUNY College at
Buffalo. $19,394,.00. 
 
2004 – 2006 Co-Investigator (with Rina Eiden), “Supplement to Maternal Substance Use and Toddler Self-Regulation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo.  $279,873.00. 

2006 – 2011 Co-Investigator (with Rina Eiden), “Prenatal & ETS Exposure: Effects on Child Regulation”, National Institute on Drug Abuse (1 R01 DA019632-01), Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo.  $2,891,000.00. 

2007-2012 Co-Investigator (with Rina Eiden), “Maternal Substance Use & Toddler Self-Regulation” Competing Continuation, National Institute on Drug Abuse (2 R01 DA013190-06), Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo. 
$3,677,911.00.

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