Developmental Sciences

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Dr. Amy Kolak

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.  

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Dr. Jen Wright

I study:

  • The emergence and development of the “normative” domain (i.e. our understanding and adherence to and/or defiance of societal and moral norms).
  • The development of virtue and character (e.g. moral exemplars), as well as specific virtues, such as humility.

In my lab, we conduct a wide variety of studies, both in and outside the lab – everything from collecting survey data to coding naturalistic observations to running experiments.

For more information, check out my website:

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