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Project SIESTA (Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep Trajectories)

Dr. Douglas M. Teti
Seeking graduate student researchers

  • A longitudinal study looking at linkages between infant sleep quality during the first two years and infant, how parenting of infants at bedtime and night time (from video-recordings), and the the role of parenting in predicting infant developmental outcomes and infant stress reactivity
  • Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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Decision Making and Impulsivity

Dr. Lisa Gatzke-Kopp; Child Brain Development Lab
Seeking graduate student researchers

  • Seeks to understand more about heterogeneity in the underlying deficits of children with ADHD, and how these deficits interact with family dynamics
  • Assesses children who are currently medicated for ADHD, both on and off their medication, using EEG, ERP, cardiac, and electrodermal psychophysiological measures
Adolescent alcohol use and romantic relationship formation

British Cohort Studies

Dr. Jennifer L. Maggs

  • Examines the consequences of heavy alcohol use during adolescence from adult status attainment, romantic relationship formation and dissolution, adult substance use and crime
  • Uses long-term longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study and the British Cohort Study 1970
  • Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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University Life

The University Life Study

Dr. Jennifer L. Maggs

  • Designed to examine links between motivations, daily activities, college experiences, and risk behaviors (including alcohol use, sexual behavior, other substance use, and gambling) among university students
  • Uses web-based data collection, which launched in fall 2007 with over 725 African American, Asian American, European American, and Hispanic/Latino American first-year students
  • Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Neurobiological Mechanisms in Socioemotional Development

Dr. Lisa Gatzke-Kopp; Child Brain Development Lab
Seeking graduate student researchers

  • Uses physiological data (EEG, ERP, cardiac and electrodermal measures) to examine moderators and mediators of intervention response to a socioemotional development program for children in kindergarten and 1st grade.
Families and Communities in Transition (FACT)

Dr. Rukmalie Jayakody

  • Designed to examine the impact of television on population health and how technological changes impact communities, families, and individuals.
  • Uses a randomized design where 14 unelectrified villages are randomly assigned to either treatment or control status. After baseline data collection, treatment villages will receive television while control villages will not.
  • This research is highly significant as it will deliver the most rigorous assessments to date on television’s causal impacts on familial attitudes and behaviors. It is highly innovative in its reliance on an experimental design, its focus on the pathways through which effects might occur, its integration of multiple quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches (e.g., ethnography, survey research, content analysis, geographic information analysis), and its international and interdisciplinary research team. This large experiment has sufficient statistical power to detect potential effects (14 villages with approximately 4,000 respondents) and will advance our understanding on the causes of family change and the social impacts of mass media.
The Workplace Practices and Daily Family Well-Being Project

Dr. David M. Almeida
Seeking graduate student researchers

  • Uses daily diary interviews to study how both employees and their families are affected by an employer-initiated workplace program designed to improve employee flexibility
  • Examines daily family processes and health, as well as psychological and physical health of employees' children, family setting temporal arrangements, and family resources
  • Is part of the Work, Family & Health Network (WFHN), which is comprised of eight research organizations conducting studies on how best to improve the health of workers and their families and reduce work-family conflict, while also benefiting the organizations
  • Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Administration for Children and Families

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The Infant and Child Temperament Lab

Dr. Cynthia A. Stifter; Infant and Child Temperament Lab

  • Investigates the development and outcomes of infant emotion regulation

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Family Relationships Project

Dr. Susan M. McHale and Dr. Ann C. Crouter

  • A set of studies that seeks to understand the family context of socialization in middle childhood and adolescence
  • Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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Promoting Positive Sibling Relationships in Middle Childhood Through the Siblings are Special Program

Co-P.I.'s: Dr. Mark Feinberg and Dr. Susan M. McHale
Seeking graduate student researchers

  • Aims to help siblings learn skills and attitudes that will lead to more support and cooperation and less conflict in sibling relationships, using measures of self-reports and videotaped observations that assess family relationships and youth’s psychosocial adjustment
  • Uses Siblings Are Special, a twelve-session after-school program for siblings in second through fifth grade
  • Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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