I am currently involved in a number of projects, conducted at the Washington State University (WSU), with a primary focus on infant temperament. This program of research, focused on continued work with the Infant Behavior Questionnaire –Revised (IBQ-R) and a parallel laboratory observation protocol, has been funded by an award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A number of cross-cultural investigations addressing the development of temperament in early childhood are also underway. Specifically, data are currently being collected and/or analyzed in the context of the following investigations:
- David Bridgett’s Dissertation Project. Click here for Dissertation PDF
- A laboratory investigation, addressing convergence between laboratory-based measures of temperament and the IBQ-R; Click here for pictures from some of our laboratory procedures.
- A short-term longitudinal study, providing indicators of developmental trajectories for temperament characteristics and parent-child interaction factors in infancy, and addressing predictive validity, focusing on explaining security of attachment at 12 months of age;
- An evaluation of relationships between domains of infant temperament and parental/familial characteristics (e.g., depression, parenting competence, marital conflict), as well as parent-child interaction factors (e.g., sensitivity/responsivity, synchrony/reciprocity);
- An examination of cross-cultural differences in the development temperament (i.e., collection of cross-cultural longitudinal data), and the impact of acculturation, including information from the U.S., Russian, and Spanish samples, as well as groups of Russian immigrants in the U.S.;
- A study addressing the impact of congenital Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders (e.g., Downs Syndrome) on the development of temperament.
In addition, I am collaborating on a number of projects that involve:
An evaluation of the impact of parental depression on the accuracy of parent-report of child behavior problems, in collaboration with T. Dishion, Ph.D., University of Oregon
A study addressing the relationships between behavioral reputation, popularity/peer acceptance, and non-social attributes (academic performance, attractiveness, and athletic competence), in collaboration with K. Vannatta, Ph.D., Columbus Children’s Hospital.