The Biopsychosocial Development & Diversity Laboratory

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The BDDL has the following 3 primary areas of interest:

Research on how family and child factors influence the development of self-regulation, emotional and cognitive development, and emerging behavior problems in early childhood.  Specific areas of research include:

  • Parenting and parent-child attachment relationships (DCHDS, FLP, PEAPS, NAPS, NAFS, MMI)
  • Genetics and psychobiological functioning of parents and children (DCHDS, FLP, MMI)
  • Children’s sleep patters and quality (PEAPS, NAPS)
  • Prenatal teratogens and nutrition (PEAPS, NAPS+)
  • Executive functioning and cognitive development (DCHDS, FLP, CHAMPS, LEAPS)
  • Conduct problems and callous-unemotional behaviors in children (DCHDS, FLP)

Research on contexts beyond the family and their interactions with child factors to promote self-regulation and emotional, cognitive, and social development in children.  Specific ecologies of research include:

  • The preschool context (LEAPS)
  • Youth team sports (CHAMPS)

Research on diverse populations that are under-represented in the developmental and family studies literatures.  Specific populations of interest include:

  • African American families and children (DHCDS, FLP, NAPS)
  • Low income, rural families and children (FLP)
  • LGBT couples and parents (NAFS)