Labs and Facilities

Faculty and students in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities and centers. The department maintains two facilities designed to conducting state-of-the-art research: the Family Resource Center and the Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory. Faculty members are affiliated with research centers on campus and have access to additional state-of-the-art research laboratories and facilities. The department maintains the following research facilities:

Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory (CDL)

The Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory is a dual purpose early care center and facility where research on early childhood education is conducted. The CDL has two large classrooms equipped with observation and videotaping capabilities that are used to better understand classroom behavior and teacher-child interactions.

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Couple and Family Clinic (CFC)

The Couple and Family Clinic is a research and clinical practice facility that has state-of-the-art technology used for research on understanding couple and family interaction patterns and processes and the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy.

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Early Development and Learning Lab (EDL)

The Early Development and Learning Lab is directed by Dr. Tori Molfese and Dr. Kathy Rudasill. Research conducted in the EDL lab is geared toward understanding individual differences in children’s temperament and self-regulation in home and school contexts as predictors of children’s cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes in early childhood and beyond. Special emphasis is placed on supportive relationships and processes that are protective for children’s development.

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