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Department of Psychology Emotion and Social Development Lab


Our research is concerned with the emotional and social skills development of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We are currently investigating what information is useful to counselors and educators who seek to improve outcomes for children at-risk for school failure and for juvenile justice system involvement. Also of interest to us, particularly in our work with preschoolers, is how emotion knowledge and social values develop and impact school adjustment.


Our partners include Benton Franklin Head Start, Educational Services District 105 (Yakima, Wa), and the Washington State Center for Court Research, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Thrive Washington, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Lab News

Faculty member earns state honor for community engagement

Grants help improve childhood literacy, reduce truancy