Our mission is to conduct empirical research focused on understanding multilevel factors (psychophysiological, neurocognitive, emotional, relational, familial, cultural) related to risk and resilience among youth experiencing significant stressors in their families and broader environment. We are also dedicated to fostering the development of undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in immersing themselves in empirical research on youth development.

Primary Goal

  • To generate scientific knowledge that will inform intervention and prevention programs on how to efficiently identify, prevent, and treat adjustment problems and risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults.

Other Goals

  • To conduct empirical research on the developmental processes underlying the link between experiencing significant life stressors (e.g. child maltreatment, bicultural stress) and behavioral risk and resilience among youth.
  • To take a developmental psychopathology approach to explain complex relationships between individual factors, familial experiences, and the broader environment from childhood through adolescence.
  • To foster, nurture, and assist the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a research career, through involvement in data collection, research projects, conference presentations, and research collaboration.