Collaborative Research Area on Environmental Influences and Behavioral Development
Coordinator: Susan Spieker, Ph.D.
The Collaborative Research Area on Ecological Factors encompasses the effects of the environment on developmental trajectories throughout the lifespan. Research involves the association of poverty and family disruption related to mild developmental delay and behavioral problems in children, and how the environment influences the developmental and behavioral outcomes achieved by individuals with varying risks for delay or disability. A special focus is on the quality of parent-child interaction and environmental influences on language and social cognition. Behaviorally-informed preventive interventions for children at high environmental risk are also conducted as part of this CRA.
Key Faculty Investigators
- Susan Spieker, Ph.D., Professor,
Family and Child Nursing, Coordinator
- Cathryn Booth-LaForce, Ph.D., Professor, Family and Child Nursing
- Truman Coggins, Ph.D., Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
- Dimitri Christakis, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Pediatrics
- Sara Kover, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
- Therese Grant, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- Michael Guralnick, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology and Pediatrics
- Colleen Huebner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Services
- Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D., Professor, Speech and Language
- Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology
- Monica Oxford, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Family and Child Nursing