The overall mission of the DAP lab is to conduct research that can help foster healthy child and family development.  To that end, the DAP lab conducts research with youth and their families using a variety of methods (e.g., physiology, behavioral observations, ecological momentary assessments) to identify risk and protective processes important for understanding adjustment. 

DADS (Dyadic Assessment of Dads' Support) Study

In the DADS Study, we investigate parent-preschooler physiological and behavioral synchrony during a stress-inducing, developmentally-advanced laboratory task in a sample of Latinx families. We are then examining the associations between synchrony and psychopathology as well as child self-regulation, parenting practices and contextual stressors, such as acculturative stress. This study is being conducted with Dr. Margaret Caughy from UGA’s Department of Human Development and Family Science.  

Multisync Study

The goal of this study is to examine relations between parent-child synchrony and child self-regulation in a diverse sample of children and their caregivers. This study is unique in that synchrony will be assessed via a multimethodological approach, specifically using behavioral, physiological, and hyper-scanning functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging. We are using this multilevel technique in order to capture connections between the brain, body, and environment. This study is being conducted with Dr. Drew Abney from UGA’s Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology and Dr. Geoffrey Brown from UGA’s Department of Human Development and Family Science.