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  • Psychology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Human Development
  • Temperament
  • Regulation
  • Psychophysiology
  • Social Relationships
  • Positive Well-Being Across the Lifespan
  • Biography

    My research interests are centered on identifying and defining early individual differences in emotion and behavior (i.e., temperament), with a particular focus on the transactional processes between individuals and the surrounding social context (e.g., parenting, peers) that contributes to risk and resilience throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Some of my recent work has examined patterns of temperamental reactivity, such as behavioral inhibition or exuberance, and the mitigating factors in relation to adaptive and maladaptive outcomes. Overall, I strive to use measures of child and environmental factors across multiple levels of analysis (i.e., biological, individual, and family), analyzed with longitudinal statistical analysis techniques, to answer these complex questions of adaptation across the lifespan.