My research program focuses on examinations of children's physiological reactivity and regulation examined through sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activity, but includes several physiological systems (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis), affective, behavioral, cognitive, and coping strategies, as pathways and moderators of associations between family risk and child/adolescent functioning cross-sectionally and longitudinally.

  • Sleep and Development
  • Developmental Psychobiology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Family Conflict
  • Marital and Parent-Child Relationships
  • Health Disparities
Human Development
PhD, West Virginia University, Psychology, 1989
MA, West Virginia University, Psychology, 1988
BA, American University, Egypt, Psychology, 1984
human development