Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior and Nursing Science
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
4328 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Psychology and Social Behavior
memory development, children’s involvement in the legal system
Memory development in early childhood, effects of stress and trauma on children’s development, and children’s involvement in the legal system. Specific interests include strategies to improve children’s narrative productivity and accuracy; the effects of stress on children’s memory; emotional regulation and physiological reactivity as predictors of children’s coping with and memory for stressful events; jurors’ perceptions of child witnesses; and consequences of legal involvement on child witnesses and victims.
ONGOING AND NEW PROJECTS
1. What are the links between maltreatment exposure and children’s emotional competence, especially their ability to regulate their emotions and understand emotions in others, and how do these links change with development?
Collaborators include Helen Milojevich, Kelli Dickerson, and Amy Castro (current doctoral students) and Elizabeth Cathart (Post-Baccalaureate Student)
2. How do specific interviewing instructions and techniques affect the accuracy and completeness of children’s disclosures of transgressions; what are the consequences of these accuracy and completeness?
Collaborators include Kyndra Cleveland (current doctoral student), and Drs. Thomas Lyon, J. Zoe Klemfuss, Elizabeth Rush, Lindsay Wandrey, and Lindsay Malloy (faculty collaborators)
3. How do stress, emotion, and development, independently and jointly, affect the type of information children remember about a prior potentially stressful experience?
Collaborators include Amy Castro (current doctoral student), and J. Zoe Klemfuss, Thomas Smeets, Henry Otgaar (faculty collaborators)
4. What are the consequences on children’s emotional development, particularly their empathetic and prosocial tendencies, of growing up in an uncertain, potentially violent post-war context?
Collaborators include Kelli Dickerson and Connor Harron (current doctoral students), and Richard Matthew and Brian Hall (faculty collaborators)
CHILD DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY