We are broadly interested in research that addresses the developmental processes of adaptive functioning and the implications of adaptive functioning from late childhood to early adulthood. We often focus on topics of emotion competence, character strengths (ex. hopefulness, tendencies to forgive), and identity development as they relate to functioning in daily life for individuals.
Through both the projects housed within the lab and rich collaborations with colleagues, we are able to consider aspects of change and development in these important topics and their roles in personal and social adjustment.
Some of the tools we use in addressing aspects of adjustment and functioning include self-reports and questionnaires, recorded behaviors and social interactions, and autobiographical reminiscing of important lived experiences.