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College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department


The research conducted by the developmental psychology faculty focuses on a number of areas, such as 

  • Genetics and gene environment interaction
  • Social development of school-age children
  • Stress and coping by children and parents
  • Smoking and other health-related behaviors
  • Effects of violence on children
  • Coping with illness and community violence
  • Infants and young children and their families
  • Families of children with autism and other disabilities
  • Early intervention
  • Incarcerated parents and their children
  • Development and evaluation of school-based violence prevention programs
  • Impact of peer victimization on children’s psychosocial and emotional development
  • Young children’s ethnic-racial identification
  • Adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity
  • Discrimination
  • Social competence and emotional development among ethnic minority youth
  • Socialization processes in home, school, and Internet contexts
  • Family cultural processes
  • Older adults in the areas of successful aging, caregiver burden, coping with distress, adult mother-daughter relationships and geriatric education
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