Integrating emotional, socio-cultural, and developmental perspectives, our work focuses on examining the emergence of self-regulatory abilities and emotion understanding in children. In particular, we explore how parent-child interactions serve as a mechanism underlying the development of these complex social-cognitive abilities. Furthermore, we are interested in how these abilities relate to later psycho-social adjustment. We  take a bio-ecological systems theory approach, which argues that multiple environmental and individual subsystems play important roles in influencing children’s development (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). Importantly, specific mechanisms and consequences of these interactions on children’s socio-emotional understanding and mental health outcomes are  understood through the lens of the cultural-fit hypothesis, which emphasizes the person-situation interaction and highlights how psychological processes may vary across cultures and contexts. This understanding would lead to different solutions to the same problems of healthy adaptation and development, as well as acknowledging different strengths.

Recent Publications

  • Cumulative risk and adolescent’s internalizing and externalizing problems Developmental Psychology
  • Childhood cumulative risk and obesity Pediatrics, 129
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Information for Students

Want to volunteer? Because of intense interest in the lab, the lab is currently only accepting rising juniors. Students must commit for 2 years and be willing to do a work for distinction project. We also offer summer undergraduate research internships.

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