Dr. Behrens received her doctorate in 2005 from the University of California at Berkley with a specialization in Human Development. She joined SUNY Poly in 2012 and has taught an array of social science-based curricula. She is the winner of the 2021 Society for Research in Child Development Strategic Plan Poster at a biennial conference. In 2019, Dr. Behrens was a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, the UK, for the fall of 2019. Her research interests include individual differences in social-emotional development. Other areas include: Intergenerational transmission of attachment in cross-cultural context, lifespan attachment, physiological correlates of attachment phenomena, parental sensitivity, attachment and cognition and attachment-based intervention.