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

September 2021: Congratulations Dr. Agnes Varghese! We are beyond thrilled to announce that Agnes has successfully earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology. She has been an extraordinary member of the Developmental Transitions Lab, and we look forward to her continued advancements in Science Policy.


June 2021: A hearty congratulations to Dr. Misaki Natsuaki, who just received a Faculty Mentor Award from UCR’s University Honors for her outstanding work advising students in the lab. The lab is very proud of Dr. Natsuaki for winning this well-deserved award. Yay Dr. Natsuaki!



You can take a look at past lab updates in our Archived News!