About the lab


What we do

Our lab is interested in the ways in which family risks shape children’s socio-emotional development. We examine risks such as living in poverty, being a teen parent, interparental conflict, and other family risks to understand developmental trajectories of children. We collect biological, observational and survey data from families in the general population, and follow families for years. As methodological techniques for studying family effects (including sibling designs, reciprocal effects models and multilevel models that pick out complex family structures) have become increasingly sophisticated, these have been incorporated into our work.

You will be able to find copies of papers and chapters and a bit more about the different themes in our work under these headings: The Complex, Multilevel Structure of the Family: Individual, Dyad and Whole Family; Single-child per family studies to understand family risk and resilience; Children’s Emotions and Theory of Mind.

All of the people working in the lab are interested in using research findings to guide programs and policies for children. Students work in applied settings including hospitals, clinics and child-welfare settings. We advise governmental and non-governmental agencies on the way in which environmental risks shape children’s development.


Who we are

The average number of students in the lab is between 8-10 students. This usually includes 1 or 2 MA students, 5 PhD students and a couple of undergraduates. Students come from the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program and from the Developmental Psychology and Education program. We also have 1-2 postdoctoral fellows in the lab.


The lab is located in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West.