Water and Food Contamination Knowledge in Western and non-Western Settings

This research examines children's concept development regarding water and food contamination (with Heidi Beebe, Ph.D.)
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Social Contributions to the Development of Planning Skills

This research investigates how experiences with parents and peers contribute to the development of children's skill at planning and future-oriented thinking.
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Sociocultural Change and Cognitive Development

This research is concerned with cultural change and focuses on how changes at the societal level and in children's cognitive development contribute to this process.
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Diversity in Pathways to Adulthood

Julienne Palbusa
This research examines young people's transition to adulthood, including their behavioral adjustment, psychological well-being, financial stress, relationship with their family, and educational progress.
Conference presentations:

Preparing for and Adjusting to College

Julienne Palbusa
This research investigates first-generation college students' (students whose parents did not attend college) and non-first-generation college students' preparation for college. Additionally, this research explores college students' behavioral, social, psychological, and academic adjustment to college.

Development of Young Children in Military Families When One Parent is Deployed

Christina Nicolaides
This research investigates the development of young children, ages 4 to 7 years old, who are in a unique developmental context in relation to the transition to school, focusing on cognitive skills that are important for a successful transition to school, and family factors.

Intelligence and the Functional Organization of Knowledge

Z Reisz
This new line of research in the lab focuses on the relation between conventional measures of intelligence and the organization or structure of knowledge in young adults.

The Content and Organization of Knowledge, Learning, and Learning Transfer

Z Reisz
Over the course of our lives we participate in a variety of learning experiences. To examine the organization of knowledge in relation to learning, this research examines whether the structure of knowledge affects individual learning as well as the transfer of learning to new problem solving contexts.

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