Current Research Projects

COMET: COVID-19 on Maternal Experience and Temperament

The study focuses on the risk and resilience factors for families in the midst of the pandemic.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

Collaborators: Dr. Patricia Smiley, Pomona College, Dr. Cindy Liu, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Sleep, Resilience and Health 

The current investigation examines how sleep is associated with the cost of resilience in ethnic minority youth. 

Funded by the National Institutes of  Child Health Child Development.

Collaborators: Dr. Tuppett Yates, University of California, Riverside

ARCH: Advancing Research on College Health

In this study we seek to understand the factors that influence successful adaptation in college students.


Funded by the Ho Foundation and Kravis Labs.


STAR: Stress, Temperament And Regulation

In this study, we examine children’s personality, and how it influences parenting and cortisol levels in saliva and hair.  

Collaborator: Dr. Patricia Smiley (Pomona College).


Rural Poverty and Children’s Development

Children growing up in poverty face unique challenges. What are potential risk and protective factors? This project is a longitudinal project that tracks children since they were 9 years (they are now 24!).

Funded by the William T Grant Foundation

Collaborators: Dr. Gary W. Evans (Cornell University).

Mindfulness and Health Behaviors 

With funding from NIH, we are exploring whether improving adolescents’ emotion regulation abilities would influence health behaviors.

Funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse

Collaborator: Dr. Michael Otto (Boston University)

Mechanisms of Health Disparities

In this project, we examine racial and ethnic differences in health disparities, as well as their mechanisms.

Collaborator: Dr. Tom Fuller-Rowell (Auburn University)

MIND: Mapping Intelligence and Neural Development

We are investigating the physiological and neurobiological underpinnings of self-control abilities, as well as examining parenting practices which may influence the abilities in children.

Collaborator: Dr. Amanda Tarullo (Boston University)

ERCS: Emotion Regulation as a Complex System 

Are there cultural differences in children’s self-control? Do you children from different cultures respond to stress different? Understanding these cultural differences may help to further our understanding of culturally sensitive interventions  to improve children’s well-being.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

Collaborator: Dr. Twila Tardif (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)


We are recruiting research assistants! If you are interested in volunteering in our lab and are interested in learning about how the social environment affects health and well-being, please contact us!