Assistant Professor, Stevenson University
My research focuses on the relational contexts of social and emotional development in very early childhood. Currently, I am studying aspects of the mother-child relationship as predictors of the development of prosocial behaviors (including empathy, helping, sharing and cooperation) in the toddler years. I am specifically interested in how mothers socialize their toddlers to be aware of their own and others' emotions and feelings. I am also interested in early group care as a context for socializing emotion understanding through caregiver-child and peer interactions, and I hope to conduct a study on this topic in the future.
My past research has focused on how maternal depression, romantic attachments, and discourse style influence neural processing of emotion- and attachment-related stimuli in middle childhood.