Professor of Psychological Science and Nursing Science
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
4328 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
effects of trauma and maltreatment on children, memory development, children’s involvement in the legal system
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MY RESEARCH INTERESTS:
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.
SOME SAMPLES OF OUR WORK AND COLLABORATIONS
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?
Research Team: Kelli Dickerson, M.A. (doctoral student), Elizabeth Cathcart (project coordinator)
Collaborators: Helen Milojevich, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina), Jennifer Skeem, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)
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: Kyndra Cleveland, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University), Thomas Lyon, JD, Ph.D. (University of Southern California), J. Zoe Klemfuss, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine), Stacia Stolzenberg, Ph.D. (Arizona State University)
3. How do stress, emotion, and development, independently and jointly, affect children’s and adolescents’ memory and suggestibility?
Research Team: Amy Castro, M.A. (doctoral student)
Collaborators: J. Zoe Klemfuss and Douglas Granger, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine), Crystal Bryce, Ph.D. (Arizona State University)
4. What are the consequences on children’s emotional development, particularly their empathetic and prosocial tendencies, of growing up in an uncertain, potentially violent context?
Research Team: Kelli Dickerson, M.A. (doctoral student), Connor Harron (doctoral student)
Collaborators: Richard Matthew, Ph.D., and Linda Levine, Ph.D. (Univesrity of California, Irvine)