About Tracy

Tracy Cassels is the primary writer for Evolutionary Parenting. She obtained her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Developmental Psychology, also at the University of British Columbia, where she is studying how certain evolutionary factors affect children’s empathic behaviour. Tracy serves as an Adviser to the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership and previously worked at the Canadian Council on Learning, a non-profit agency dedicated to researching myriad elements of learning across the lifespan. Most importantly to her, though, she is a mother to daughter Madeleine (Maddy), stepson Desmond, and wife to husband Brian.

Helping Baby Sleep: Does Extinction Sleep Training Improve Baby’s Sleep?

Many people report trying extinction methods of sleep training to "help" their baby sleep better, but what does research tell us in terms of the efficacy of these methods for baby's sleep? Does the reasoning hold up?

Sleep Training Yourself

For those families considering extinction sleep training methods, I want to ask them to try something first. Something that I hope will change their minds.

Review: The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns by Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley has created perhaps her best book yet in the popular and much-needed No-Cry series. A book that helps families gently navigate sleep from the start, it's an excellent (and easy) read for all parents.

How Liberal Feminism and Patriarchy Work Together to Create the Detached Mother

The following is a talk I presented at the 2016 Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement Conference this past October in Toronto, ON on feminism, patriarchy, and mothering.

“No Bedsharing Under Four Months of Age”: The AAP Evidence

The AAP recently suggested that bedsharing should never occur with infants under 4 months of age, leaving many breastfeeding families wondering what they should do for sleep. I look at the evidence for this recommendation to see if it holds up.

Acute Stress Affects Cognition in Infancy

New research examines the effects of acute stress on cognitive functions in infants. Contrary to the idea that "a bit of stress is good for them", this research finds that stress inhibits flexible thinking.

Review: Pals Socks – Putting an End to Racism?

Can socks help put an end to racism? These cute ones from Pals Socks just might help and are super cute to boot!

Review: uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game

Learning to read doesn't have to be boring. As we learned, it can be downright fun.