Current Projects:

Transition to Parenthood

In collaboration with Dr. Geoffrey Brown in HDFS, we are collecting data on couples in the transition to parenthood, examining factors that predict parent mental health, marital satisfaction, coparenting, and maternal gatekeeping. This project has been funded by the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research and the Clinical and Translational Research Unit at UGA.

Emotion Coaching Skills as Augmentation to FBT 

In collaboration with Dr. Claire Aarnio-Peterson of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, we are testing an emotion coaching parenting intervention to enhance the efficacy of Family Based Therapy for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. This project has been funding by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Parent Self-Regulation in SafeCare Families

We are collecting pilot data assessing self-regulation in parents participating in the SafeCare intervention, in collaboration with researchers from Georgia State University and the National SafeCare Research and Training Center.

Recent Projects: 

A feasibility study to pilot the implementation of an emotion-focused parenting intervention

The FRESH Lab engaged in pilot testing of Let's Connect, a family intervention program that is designed to improve parents' emotional communication with their school-age children. Building emotion-focused parenting skills targets an area that has been previously overlooked in parenting interventions, yet increasing research points to the importance of these skills in fostering healthy families. The study was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Shipman and Dr. Monica Fitzgerald of the University of Colorado, and focused on a group-based format for parents and their children, ages 6-12. Funding was provided by the University of Georgia Research Foundation. 

Mutual Reactivity in Mother-Child Dyads: Links to Preschoolers' Socioemotional Functioning

In collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Suveg's research team, the FRESH Lab conducted a study that examines parents and young children react to emotionally arousing situations and interactions, and how this might relate to other ways aspects of psychosocial functioning. We were also interested in how physical and biological factors, such as genetics, stress hormones, and heart rate, relate to these outcomes. This project was funded by the Institute for Behavioral Research and the Center for Contextual Genetics and Prevention Science.