About the Lab
The Gartstein Temperament Lab meets regularly to collaborate on research efforts and publications. Our former lab members have gone on to positions in academia and the private sector. We additionally work closely with remote research teams in the United States and beyond – for more information, see our Collaborators page.
Dr. Gartstein’s research addresses temperament development, primarily in early childhood. The emphasis on identifying typical trajectories of growth for reactive and regulatory tendencies is coupled with efforts to discern risk and protective factors relevant to the emergence of psychopathology. Dr. Gartstein has examined a spectrum of environmental factors contributing to temperament attributes “coming online”, including parental temperament, parenting/parent-child interactions, and cultural influences. More recently, her work has focused on biological underpinnings of temperament, examining prenatal effects and postnatal physiological correlates. Current studies are addressing effects associated with maternal physiological and psychosocial stress during pregnancy, including epigenetic mechanisms. The Gartstein laboratory has also been collecting infant electroencephalogram (EEG) data reflecting brain activity associated with reactive and regulatory aspects of temperament. Another project wherein genomic parameters of infant microbiome are identified and linked with temperament attributes is currently underway. This research is conducted in collaboration with several WSU laboratories, as well as multiple domestic and international partners.
I am a sixth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Washington State University, and I am currently completing my predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital. My research through the Infant Temperament Laboratory is primarily focused on early individual differences, parent-child interactions, maternal well-being, and electroencephalography (EEG). I graduated from Arizona State University with bachelors degrees in Psychology and Biology in 2017. Apart from academics, I enjoy running, poetry, and spending time with my many pets. I would like a career as a pediatric neuropsychologist and part of an interdisciplinary team in a medical setting. Ideally, I would like my work to entail a combination of assessment, short-term solution-focused therapy, community outreach, and research. I also hope to supervise students regarding both clinical practice and research.
I graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a double major in Biology and Psychology. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant for over three years at Brown University where I studied the differential effects of prenatal exposure to depression and antidepressants on developmental outcomes during infancy and early childhood. I joined the Infant Temperament Lab in 2018 and am responsible for coordinating the Prenatal Health and Covid-19 Study. I am specifically interested in studying how stressors during pregnancy, such as depression and anxiety, relate to socio-emotional functioning in young children via biological mechanisms. I hope to apply these research interests to treating at-risk children exhibiting behavioral and emotional dysregulation in order to prevent these difficulties from developing into more severe psychological disorders.
I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2019 with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in sociology. I joined the Gartstein Infant Temperament Lab in the fall of 2019 when I started graduate school in clinical psychology. Currently, I am the project coordinator for the infant EEG study. My research interest mainly includes the investigation of neurobiological underpinnings of temperament using electroencephalography (EEG) to better understand emotion regulation and its impact on development. I am also interested in the global neural developmental that takes place in the first year of life. I hope to continue exploring these topics in neuroscience as a researcher and professor in my future career.
I am a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Washington State University. I graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I worked at Carnegie Mellon University on research which focused on understanding the development of substance use disorders. While there, I completed my master’s degree in Public Policy. My research interests center on diversity considerations in clinical psychology (particularly with regard to treatment implications for racial and ethnic minority groups), public policy applications of clinical psychology, and cross-cultural parental psychology. Clinically, I am interested in working with both child and adult clients. I hope to focus on a career that integrates research with clinical practice and public policy.
I graduated from UC San Diego in 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science specializing in Neuroscience and a minor in Business. After graduating, I worked as a study coordinator at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence for two years, then as a study coordinator at the UC Irvine Thrive Lab for one year. I joined the Infant Temperament Lab in fall 2020 as a clinical psychology graduate student and am particularly interested in examining differences in the expression of temperament cross-culturally and how these differences influence developmental trajectories. I am also interested in examining intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience through parent-child interactions and how such interactions influence the development of temperament. In the future, I hope to apply my research in informing/improving family-focused interventions as I work as a professor and researcher.
I graduated from East Tennessee State University in May 2020 with a B.S in psychology and a minor in sociology. I started WSU’s clinical psychology doctoral program working in the Infant Temperament Lab in fall 2020. My research interests include parenting stress, adverse childhood experiences, temperament, parent-child interactions. I am also interested exploring how stress, emotions, and behavior differ for various types of people in caregiver roles (e.g., heterosexual parents vs LGBTQ+ parents, grandparents vs parents). I hope to apply my research experience in the future and pursue a career as a child psychologist.
I am a second-year clinical psychology graduate student and graduated from Florida State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences. After graduating, I worked as a lab manager at FSU in the Risk for Anxiety and Depression Lab. My research interests include the relationships between stress, hormones, and neural measures during the perinatal period. Specifically, I am interested in exploring neurophysiological risk factors and biomarkers for postpartum mood disorders. I hope to expand these interests with the Infant Temperament Lab by exploring infant and maternal interactions and their impact on infant developmental trajectories.
I graduated from WSU in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology and have been working with the Infant Temperament Lab since April 2017. My primary focus is to help manage the three ongoing EEG projects in the lab as the current Lab Coordinator with a focus on our NIMH funded study Baby BEAR. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from WSU within the next year with research topics focused on emotional regulation, rural mental health, cross-cultural differences in temperament, and parent-child interactions. Long-term, I plan to work in a pediatric medical setting with a mix of inpatient and outpatient work while continuing to pursue research.
Marwa is a doctoral candidate in WSU’s Violand School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering program and the vice president for WSU’s Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA). She is also a mom, which helps her fulfill an important role as community liaison, connecting our research team to other parents in the community.
Currently, Alyssa is a Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.
Eric Desmarais is a pediatric psychologist with Providence Medical Group and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, where he is one of two psychologists creating a pediatric psychology consultation-liaison service. His work regarding temperament and cross-cultural differences serves as the foundation of his patient- and family-centered approach to care. Eric credits his understanding of the broad spectrum of normative develop, and the importance of culturally competent care, to his work with the diverse participants with whom he worked during his time with the Infant Temperament Lab.
Nora Erickson is a clinical child psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She works in the Birth to Three and Early Childhood Mental Health Program.
Sydney Iverson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in The Seattle Clinic; Clinical Instructor and Supervisor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington.
Kaitlyn Campbell graduated from the University of Idaho in 2019 with B.S. in psychology and a minor in pre-health studies. She joined the Infant Temperament Lab in fall 2018 to better understand how to do research and ended up falling in love with it. As a result, she is now attending Temple University in their developmental psychology doctoral program working with Dr. Peter Marshall. Her research interests include self-regulation, proprioception, and outcomes resulting from atypical prenatal environments. She loved meeting so many different people and learning so much working in this lab!