I have been faculty member in the department of clinical psychology at SPU since 1998. My training is in the area of developmental psychology with expertise in child clinical issues. I earned my Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Washington (UW) and completed a child clinical internship in the School of Medicine also at the UW.
In our APA-accrediated clinical Ph.D. program, I teach courses in child development, child psychopathology and interventions, and mentor a team of doctoral students on my child clinical research team.
I also teach an undergraduate psychology class in child development and work with a number of undergraduate students on my research team each year. My program of research is investigating the role of self-regulation processes in at-risk children's social and emotional competence. I am especially interested in whether these processes may serve to protect children who are at-risk for negative outcomes such as children with autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as children with conduct problems or children from disadvantaged backgrounds. My research is also investigating the potential role of child characteristics such as temperament and parents in children's self-regulation skills.
I am also a co-founded and the director of the SPFC Initiative for Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IIIDD) and regularly organize events to educate those in the SPU and larger community regarding disabilities. The homepage for the IIIDD is: https://www.spu.edu/depts/spfc/happenings/IIIDDHomepage.asp
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My broad research interests involve investigating how self-regulation and emotion processes are related to children’s development. I am especially interested in how these processes may enhance the positive development of children. I have also investigated the potential protective function of these skills in at-risk children, such as children with autism spectrum disorders, general cognitive delays, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, children with conduct problems, and children from low-income families. In addition, my research attempts to understand how families and individual differences in child temperament and physiology influence children’s skills and development.