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Psychological Sciences

Children and Families Lab

We are currently recruiting families for a study involving infants and their parents when they are 4, 6, and 8-mos of age. Please see here for more information, and here for our COVID-19 confidentiality statement. 

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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 Kelly Thompson Hall to participate in our studies.

** Note that if you are a student applying to the Psychological Science concentration of the MS in Psychology program at WKU, Dr. Lickenbrock is interested in mentoring another graduate student starting Fall 2022. Be sure to contact Dr. Lickenbrock at diane.lickenbrock@wku.edu. You should also specify that you are interested in working with Dr. Lickenbrock in your personal statement. **


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 Last Modified 6/10/21