Affiliation - the motivation for and reward gained from social closeness - is a fundamental human capacity. We are investigating affiliation across development, including what happens when affiliative processes are disrupted.
An inherent challenge in developmental research is to separate the inherently intertwined influences of nature and nurture. We use a host of study designs to tease apart genetic from environmental influences and inform our understanding of development.
We use a variety of methods to study positive parenting, including observation, self-reported, and coding of language, as well as investigating how parenting shapes child development and how we can make parenting interventions more effective.
We believe that healthy development begins in utero. We are studying all the influences on child development ("the exposome") that start during pregnancy, including the health and well-being of mothers.
Using neuroimaging, including MRI, fMRI, and DTI, we investigate the brain correlates of antisocial behavior across development, including neural underpinnings of violence, aggression, psychopathy, and callous-unemotional traits.