Early Experiences Research Lab

Our Mission

Our lab seeks to better understand how experiences with parents and other caregivers during the first few years of life have a long-term impact on an individual's development. Our research involves different groups of children who have experienced early adversity, including children born into poverty, children who have been maltreated, children who experienced institutional care, and children exposed to prenatal stress. We examine children’s behavioral outcomes—such as their language abilities, executive functions, and emotion regulation strategies—as well as how their bodies and brains respond to different situations. Through our research, we aim to generate new information that can be applied to positively impact the lives of children and families.

Current Projects

We are currently recruiting Utah families who recently adopted a child to participate in a brief survey regarding the experience of adoption. Click here to learn more.