Health and Family Processes
HDFS faculty conduct research on reciprocal connections between family relationships and health across the lifespan. Some faculty focus on socio-emotional development in early childhood including infant emotional reactivity, parenting competence and parenting at risk, and how parenting affects infant and child functioning. Other faculty examine family processes that affect child and adolescent development, including whole-family, parent-child, sibling, and interparental dynamics. Another active area of research focuses on the ways in which intimate relationships in adulthood affect, and are affected by, the presence of mental or physical health problems in one member of a dyad or family system. Faculty in this area are also interested in the economics of investing in healthy development, including strengthening economic evaluations of preventive interventions.
HDFS faculty who study Health and Family Processes include: