My main research goal is to learn how children's behavior problems and social competencies develop. I am especially interested in family interaction processes and child temperament, but also consider child social cognitive and affective characteristics and broader socioeconomic variables. A recent interest concerns the role of children's sleep in their daily adjustment. We have studied these issues mostly through longitudinal research. We have learned, for example, that early child temperament and mother-child interaction characteristics are somewhat predictive of children's later adjustment, as measured especially by the parents' report of child behavior problems, and also by teachers and peers at school and by laboratory observers. We have been considering the effects of mother-child relationship and temperament as interacting predictors of later adjustment. We have found that in dyads where mothers are low in restrictive control, temperament is more predictive of late.

Areas of Study

  • Clinical Science
  • Developmental Psychology

Research Topics

  • Development of children's behavior problems and competencies
  • Child temperament, social, cognitive and affective characteristics
  • Family interaction processes
Past Affiliations

Professor, Cognitive Psychology

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Psychology, 1973
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology, 1969
BS, University of Washington, Psychology, 1968
psychology developmental psychology