In the Child and Adolescent Development Lab we study the developmental tasks of attachment, self-development and self-regulation from early childhood through early adulthood. Failure to negotiate these tasks successfully may contribute to the development of psychopathology. 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 in the development of psychopathology so that developmentally sensitive preventive interventions may be designed and implemented.
To clinical graduate school applicants: Our focus currently is on opioid misuse in women who are pregnant, treatment options, and effects on infant development. We are not currently studying child development in children whose mothers have borderline personality disorder.
See Current Studies for details.