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What is your general area of specialty or interest?
Developmental psychology - more specifically, children's and adolescents' social and cognitive development
What are your specific research interests?
Social contexts of development, including sibling relationships and friendships.
What are your current active research projects?
A longitudinal study of children's relationships with siblings and with friends. We've videotaped children playing with siblings and friends at ages 4, 7, and 17 and are currently collecting data on additional 17-year-olds. We are also collecting data 7-year-old Latino and Carribean-American children's sibling relationships and friendships.
Would you be willing to work with students as assistants with your research projects at this time?
Yes-we are recruiting new research group members forSpring 2013. Starting in March, we'll also be recruiting research group members for Summer and Fall 2013.
If yes, how many?
I'll be looking for replacements for 10-12 graduating seniors-probably adding about 4-6 research assistants for Spring 2013 and 6-8 more for summer and/or Fall 2013.
Do you prefer to choose your research assistants yourself or are you willing to be approached by students?
I'm happy to be approached by students who are interested in my research topics.
In what aspects of your research are student assistants involved (e.g. data collection, data analysis, hypothesis formation, literature reviews, writing)?
I try to involve students in all aspects of my research - generally, research assistants on the sibling/friend study do home visits to collect data, transcribe videotapes of play sessions, code videotapes and transcripts, and assist in data analysis and preparing results for presentation at professional conferences.
Are there any special comments/instructions you would like interested students to know about you, your projects, or what you are looking for?
I prefer research assistants who have had some coursework in developmental psychology - at least Psych 215 and/or 216 - and who have at least started to take the research methods sequence. Experience and comfort interacting with children is a must, as is willingness to work as part of a research team. We provide training in videotaping, using the computer, and specific data collection and analysis methods. I do not normally admit seniors to my research group because it takes about a semester to be trained in the necessary data collection and coding methods.