The Child Health and Illness Lab conducts research spanning the fields of pediatric psychology, child-clinical, clinical health psychology, and quantitative psychology. Most broadly, this research focuses on cultural, family, and behavioral factors that promote health and reduce morbidity in childhood chronic illness. More specifically, this research hopes to:
- Identify the influence of cultural and family factors on children’s weight, diet, and mealtime behavior, with a particular focus on obesity in early childhood.
- Examine models of stress and adaptation to promote quality of life and regimen adherence among youth with type 1 diabetes and their families
- Integrate quantitative and behavioral methodologies to inform, develop, and refine clinical health interventions and assessment to reduce and eliminate health disparities.