FABBS Foundation Honors Rachel Keen
Rachel Keen received her B.A. from Berea College in 1959 and her doctorate from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, in 1963. Her dissertation was on newborns’ discrimination and habituation to tones, using nonnutritive sucking as the response. She was awarded an NICHD postdoctoral fellowship to study newborn behavior using psychophysiological measures at the University of Wisconsin under the mentorship of Frances K. Graham. This experience determined the direction of Keen’s research for the next decade, as she investigated infants’ habituation, conditioning, and the orienting response using heart rate change as the primary measure.