Welcome to the Parent-Child Dynamics (PCD) Lab!

In the Parent-Child Dynamics Lab, we study ways that parenting and parent-child interaction patterns influence child development.  We use dynamic time series analysis to examine how parents and children coordinate their emotions, behaviors, and physiology, and how this coordination is related to the development of children's self-regulation and behavior problems in early childhood.  We also examine how parent-child interaction patterns relate to resilience and risk in the family, such as risk for child maltreatment, and how a better understanding of these patterns can inform the development and improvement of preventive interventions for stressed and overburdened families.