Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Kaya de Barbaro

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of California San Diego

Kaya de Barbaro



behavior, social interactions, development, dynamical systems theory, mobile sensing, machine learning, mental health


My research is in the emerging field of computational behavioral science, bridging insights from developmental science, clinical psychology, computer science, and electrical engineering. Across all my work I characterize the dynamics of day-to-day activity, which I capture via video recordings and wired and wearable sensors both in the lab and “in the wild”. 

Currently the work in my lab is focused on using a suite of wearable and mobile sensors to gain unprecedented access into the daily experiences and interactions of mothers and their infants. The goals of this work are to access the basic mechanisms of maternal mental health and infant social-emotional development, and ultimately to develop “just in time” interventions for cases of high risk, such as the transmission of risks for depression from mothers to infants.


I will be accepting graduate students for the Fall of 2018. Prospective students should have some programming experience (e.g. Matlab, Python) or interest to learn and should email me directly to discuss opportunities. 


Current UT students may apply to work with me through Eureka.




PSY 333D • Intro To Developmental Psych

42722 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 4.122

Physical, social, and cognitive development in humans. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Psychology 304 and 333D may not both be counted. Psychology 333D and Women's and Gender Studies 345 (Topic 6: Introduction to Developmental Psychology) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

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