The Children and Families Lab examines the development of both adaptive and maladaptive outcomes in children. Our research examines how individual differences in children (e.g., physiological reactivity, temperament) and parent characteristics (e.g., physiological reactivity, parenting & the marital relationship) contribute to the development of emotion regulation and aspects of the parent-child relationship. We are also interested in the role of the father in his child's development, something that is less studied than the role of the mother.
We utilize longitudinal designs and multiple methods (e.g., experimenter-report, parent-report, physiological methods, observational coding, etc.) in order to examine social and emotional development. Families come into our lab located on WKU's main campus in Gary A. Ransdell Hall to participate in our studies.