Detroit Youth Across Development (DYAD) Lab

Our lab aims to examine self-regulatory skills and emotion competence among parents and their young children. We are especially interested in the roles of emotion competence and self-regulation in children’s risk for behavior problems during early childhood. Our research interests fall into three broad categories: (1) examinations of the correlates and outcomes of emotion competence and self-regulation from a developmental psychopathology perspective, (2) longitudinal investigations of transmission mechanisms (genetic factors, environmental exposures to toxicants, parent-child interaction patterns) that contribute to emotion regulation difficulties and behavior problems, and (3) evaluations of programs to promote emotion competence, self-regulatory skills, and school adjustment and to prevent conduct problems. Our principle investigator, Dr. Chris Trentacosta, has expertise in conducting longitudinal research with low-income families and other at-risk populations.