Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab

Welcome to the Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab. Our goal is to understand when and under what circumstances developmental trajectories of children begin to diverge from normative trajectories among families who are struggling with substance abuse and related issues (e.g., mental health symptoms; caregiving unpredictability). The Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab is interested in how prenatal and early adversities shape the development of children’s self-regulation; how these associations may be mediated or moderated by parenting quality; and applying this understanding to prevention. We are also working to understand protective factors that promote resilience in children in the face of early adversities. 

Our research is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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Congrats Jenna!

Our lab manager, Jenna Knepp, graduated from Penn State with her master's degree in public...

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Meet Alexandra Salcedo!

Alexandra graduated in May 2020 from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology-Neurology with a focus on clinical psychology. In her undergraduate years, she investigated cognitive development such as the impact of maltreatment in the developing brain and the importance of intervention. For her senior year project, she focused on the role of attachment and the impact of parenting styles on creativity. In the future, Alexandra hopes to further her education and earn a PhD in development or child clinical psychology. During her free time, Alexandra enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time at the beach.