OUR WORK

The Developmental Transitions Laboratory at UCR seeks to answer four fundamental questions surrounding the relationship between child development and psychopathology: 

    1. Why does psychopathology increase during the transition from childhood to adolescence?
    2. When does adolescent-onset psychopathology start and how does it develop over time?
    3. Why do some children experience such difficulties while others do not?
    4. What can we do to help children navigate the transition more smoothly?

Current research in our lab focuses on:

  • The role of puberty
  • Familial influences (e.g., parental psychopathology, parent-child relationships)
  • The impact of alternative family planning (e.g., infertility, adoption)
  • Child characteristics that function as both psychological risks and strengths in development
By conducting developmental studies with children and families using various research designs, we hope to gain a better understanding of the emergence, change, stability, and desistance of psychological (mal)adjustment during childhood and adolescence. We believe that finding the answers to our questions is a pivotal step in the ultimate goal of informing parents and applied communities on how to promote healthy development in children and their families. 

Lab News

April 2023: A huge congratulations to DTL graduate student, Arash Mehrkesh, for successfully defending his second-year project and obtaining his Master of Arts in Psychology from UCR! We are so proud of you, Arash!


April 2023: A huge congratulations to DTL graduate students, Erick Perez, Destyni Cravens, and Arash Mehrkesh, for presenting their research projects at the 2023 Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA!



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