Maternal Mental Health & Infant/Toddler Talk

In this project, we are examining maternal mental health (i.e., depression, anxiety, and stress) and the effects on parent-child language interaction quality in the home. We are currently examining longitudinal effects and how parent executive functioning ability mediates the relation using longitudinal structural equation modeling. The next steps will be to transcribe audio for use of decontextualized language in the home.

Language Interaction Tools

In this project, we are creating freely-available digital tools for local parents and educators to engage in high-quality talk in the home and in preschool. These will also connect parents to local resources and interventions when needed.

Executive Function Development

In this project, we are investigating the link between executive functioning ability and adaptive behaviors using event-related potentials (ERPs). In the initial stages of this project, we are testing the newly-developed Stroop paradigm (proactive and reactive control) with typical adults. This will eventually be extended to parents suffering from depression to better understand impairments.