Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development
University of Calgary
Department of Psychology
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4
My research focuses on determinants of social, emotional and cognitive development in early childhood. Child development is determined by multiple sources of influences, including those operating within the individual child (e.g. perinatal factors, genetics, temperament), within the family context (e.g. parenting, marital conflict, parental attachment history and experiences of early adversity) as well as processes embedded in the broader social context (e.g. socio-economic status, social networks). The overarching goal of my research is to examine how and why these nested layers of influence contribute to children's healthy developmental trajectories, or alternatively, serve to undermine children's development. My research uses a variety of methods (e.g. observational assessments, survey data, structured interviews) and capitalizes on multiple statistical methods as a function of the questions under consideration (eg. meta-analyses, mediation and moderation, trajectory analyses, multilevel models, path analyses, and individual participant data reviews).