Development, Risk & Resilience Lab

Welcome to the Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab.  The lab is directed by Dr. Rina Das Eiden, Professor, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University. We are trying to understand when and under what circumstances developmental trajectories of children begin to diverge from normative trajectories among families who are struggling with substance abuse and related issues (e.g., mental health symptoms; caregiving unpredictability). We are interested in how prenatal and early adversities shape the development of children’s self-regulation; how these associations may be mediated or moderated by parenting quality; and in applying this understanding to prevention. We are also working to understand protective factors that promote resilience in children in the face of early adversities.

Our research is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.