Social and Emotional Development

In this concentration, the focus of coursework and research is on children’s social and emotional development, the contexts within which this development occurs, and the ways that experiences shape and are shaped by development. Our core faculty members apply diverse research methods and perspectives to understanding the complex processes (e.g., neuropsychological, psychological, emotional, behavioral) of development from infancy through adolescence. Students collaborate closely with faculty for comprehensive training in developmental theories and methods in the study of child temperament; developmental psychopathology; emotion regulation; family and peer relationships; and school adjustment. Students are also encouraged to capitalize on our strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations with community and campus partners to tailor their program of study to their own unique research interests.

Dr. Eric Buhs

Eric Buhs

Child and adolescent peer relations, peer victimization, school engagement, Latino youth


Dr. Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin

Peer relationships, bullying, friendship, developmental psychopathology, evolutionary developmental psychology


Hideo Suzuki

Bullying, stress, aggression, depression, mental health