Current Research

Research Overview

Research within the Emotion Regulation & Temperament Lab primarily focuses on developmental trajectories of emotion, emotion regulation, and temperament in children between the ages of 4 months to 5 years as well as the implications of these trajectories for developmental psychopathology. Projects frequently consider:

  • Contextual influences (e.g., parenting) that affect emotion, emotion regulation, and temperament development across time
  • How these constructs influence others (e.g., parents)
  • Behavioral outcomes associated with emotion, emotion regulation, and temperament (e.g., social competence, behavioral difficulties)
  • Physiological indicators of emotion regulation (e.g. heart rate variability, respiratory sinus arrhythmia)
  • Health outcomes related to emotion, emotion regulation, and temperament (e.g. BMI)
  • Physiological indicators of stress and stress reactivity (e.g., cortisol, alpha amylase)

Research within the lab also encompasses parent-infant and parent-child interactions.