Amy Kolak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Address: 65 Coming Street, Office 103


Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Ph.D., 2004

Research Interests

My primary line of research on children’s socioemotional development and behavioral regulation within the family context is driven by two main goals: (1) identifying individual and family factors that lead to more harmonious and less conflicted family relationships and (2) examining family processes (including dyadic, triadic, and whole-family interactions) that foster children’s social and emotional development. To study these constructs, I take a multi-method approach which includes administering surveys to parents, conducting child assessments, and using observational paradigms to assess family dynamics.

My second line of research, using self-reports surveys to date, has focused on the period of emerging adulthood especially understanding the role that family dynamics and individual behavior play in well-being during this period.  

Courses Taught

Lifespan Development
Advanced Developmental Psychology with Lab
Topics in Child and Adolescent Development
First-Year Seminar