In the Child and Adolescent Development Lab we study the influence of maternal psychopathology on children’s developmental tasks, including attachment, self-development and self-regulation from infancy on. Failure to negotiate these tasks successfully makes the development of psychopathology more likely. We are interested in what the development of psychopathology can teach us about normative development and vice versa.
The goal of our work is to understand better the processes involved so that developmentally sensitive preventive interventions may be designed and implemented.
Our focus currently is on opioid misuse in women who are pregnant, treatment options, and effects on infant development. In the past we have studied child development in children whose mothers have borderline personality disorder (BPD), and parent-child role confusion where a child takes in part the role of parent to his or her own parent. Both BPD and role confusion are assessed in the current study on opioid misuse in pregnancy.