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March 2018: Undergraduate success

Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant Kriss-Ann Gayle for receiving an Honorable Mention from the Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship in Psychology! Learn more about Kriss-Ann's interests here

March 2018: Student presentation at SPSP

Frances Lobo (graduate student) presented her work at the Parenting and Family Dynamics preconference at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's (SPSP) convention in Atlanta, GA. Learn more about Frances's interests here


January 2018: Introducing the PRISM project!

Our new project, PRISM (Parent Regulation in Stressful Moments), will examine the dynamic coupling of parent and child stress physiology and disciplinary behavior with families in Harrisburg, PA. This study is funded by Penn State's Social Science Research Institute. Find out more here

November 2017: Impedance cardiography training

Thank you to Jay Schmidt, Mindware's Research Solutions Specialist, for helping us learn more about our new equipment! We're using Mindware's Portable Lab System to conduct community-engaged research in Harrisburg, PA, through our lab's affiliation with Parents and Children Together (PACT).  

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September 2017: Welcome to our new lab members!

We had a lot of fun getting together for dinner, where we welcomed Ashton, Catherine, and Soraya to the lab. Pictured, from left: Kriss-Ann Gayle (undergraduate), Ashton Boal (undergraduate), Frances Lobo (graduate), Catherine Hamby (graduate), Soraya Khaja (staff), and Kayla Brown (graduate). 

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September 2017: Paper published in Psychophysiology

Our latest paper focuses on parent-child coregulation of parasympathetic processes. We found contextual (structured, semistructured, unstructured) effects on coregulation for dyads with mothers with and without risk for psychopathology. See the full paper here

July 2017: Paper published in Developmental Psychobiology

Our 2017 Developmental Psychobiology paper examines how individual parent factors can shape parent-child physiological coregulation. We found that while maternal teaching was associated with stronger coregulation, maternal disengagement was associated with more divergent patterns. See the full paper here

April 2017: Student presentations at SRCD & CURC

Kayla Brown (graduate, left), Frances Lobo (graduate, right), and Amanda Skoranski (graduate, not pictured) presented their work at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) biennial meeting in Austin, TX. Learn more about their interests here

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Congratulations to undergraduate research assistants Kathleen Wendt (left) and Elora Cleavinger (right) who did an amazing job presenting posters at the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) showcase at Colorado State University. 

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March 2017: Paper published in Journal of Child and Family Studies

Our 2017 JCFS paper shows that parent-child dyadic persistence predicts children’s higher levels of mastery motivation in preschool. It also shows that children who persist at an impossible task, even after failing, show higher levels of concurrent self-regulation and higher levels of later mastery motivation. See the full paper here

March 2017: Paper published in Journal of Family Psychology

We found that higher levels of maternal and paternal harsh parenting is related to the reduced likelihood of coupling between maternal autonomy support and children’s autonomous behavior, suggesting it hinders the development of child autonomy. However, when autonomy support and autonomous behavior were coupled, it predicted children’s lower behavior problems over time. See the full paper here!

October 2016: Paper published in Family Relations

Our 2017 Family Relations paper illustrates that a higher likelihood of mother-child dyadic repair (transitioning from negative back to positive behaviors) predicts children’s better emotion regulation and fewer behavior problems in preschool. See the full paper here

August 2016: Welcome to our new lab members!

We have three new doctoral student members and five new undergraduate student members joining our lab in Fall 2016. Welcome to all! To learn more about them, please see their bios on our Meet the Team page.

August 2016: Move to Penn State!

Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer moved to the Pennsylvania State University in Fall 2016. Thanks to the team still running The Parenting Young Children Project at Colorado State University for helping to make it a smooth transition! And thanks to our new team at Penn State for getting up to speed so quickly!