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The Child and Family Well-being Clinic and Lab develops and tests family-based prevention and intervention programs focused on how families influence child adaptive and maladaptive development. Directed by Dr. Justin Parent, our primary goal is to help at-risk children and families while simultaneously investigating how basic processes functionally mold developmental plasticity in response to early environmental experiences.

Research Areas

We focus primarily on three interconnected lines of family stress research: children's technology use, parent well-being, and early adversity on child development. 

  • Tech Parenting

    The Tech Parenting Program offers workshops aimed at helping parents of children 5 to 11 years old to effectively set parental controls and manage their child's use of smartphones, tablets, video games and other technological devices.

  • Parent Well-being

    Mindful parenting has multiple dimensions that are exercised in the context of the parent-child relationship and theorized to impact parenting and parent well-being, the emotional milieu of the relationship, and subsequently, youth well-being.

  • Social Epigenetics

    We are evaluating how early adversity exposures (e.g., poverty, parental psychopathology, neglect and abuse) affect the expression of neuroregulatory genes, which guide brain development, calibrate stress reactivity and influence the development of psychopathology.