Relationship Dynamics Lab (Dishion)

Research Area: 
Clinical Psychology

The relationship dynamics lab focuses on understanding and changing relationship dynamics that are problematic (i.e., coercive conflict, peer contagion) as well as those that promote health and well being in children and adolescents (i.e., compassion, validation, resilient coping). We approach these questions from a social neuroscience framework, integrating direct observations of social interaction patterns with subjective reports, and psychophysiological neurocognitive assessments. The scientific findings are translated to the design of successful interventions for children and families (e.g., The Family Check Up) that are applied in real world service settings such as public schools. For example, the Family Check Up assesses family dynamics, provides supportive feedback and provides intervention services to reduce problematic interactions and promotes positive relationship dynamics.

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