Current Research Activities
How do social, emotional, and cultural competencies develop in early childhood and early adulthood? How do we support development in these areas through research-community collaborations? As a developmental psychologist, I take a constructivist and sociocultural approach to study children's and young adults' learning and development: Individuals actively construct knowledge from their interactions with their social and cultural environments. To address the role of social and cultural experience in development, my research program integrates three areas that build on one another: (1) development of social reasoning, (2) relationship between culture and development, and (3) developmental assessments and training programs.
developmental psychology; sociocultural contexts; assessment and training; infants and preschoolers; parenting; culture; social-emotional learning (SEL)