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Department of Psychology Youth Personality & Behavior Lab


Our research team, under the direction of Dr. Chris Barry, conducts studies dealing broadly with risk and protective factors related to child and adolescent behavioral problems.  More specifically, we have focused on self-perception (e.g., narcissism, self-esteem) and callous-unemotional traits as they relate to various aspects of youth adjustment, particularly aggression and delinquency.  Additional projects involve evidence-based assessment of child/adolescent conduct problems and the role of self-perception on social media behavior.  The latter has included how individuals perceive narcissistic status updates from others and the association between narcissism and self-photography (i.e., “selfie”) posts on social media.                                                                                                                    We go to great lengths for science!