My general research interests are in the areas of children’s socio-emotional functioning and developmental psychopathology. In particular, I am interested in the development of shyness, social withdrawal, and social anxiety in childhood. My most recent research projects have focused on the causes and consequences of solitude in childhood, the challenges faced by shy and anxious children at school, and the meaning and implications of shyness and social withdrawal across different cultures.
Current Research Projects
The Costs and Benefits of Solitude
This program of research explores different reasons why individuals seek to spent time alone, developmental changes in children’s and adolescents’ attitudes about solitude, and mitigating factors that may underlie the link between solitude and socio-emotional functioning at different life stages.
Collaborator: Julie Bowker (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Social Withdrawal in China
This research examines the meaning and implication of different forms of social withdrawal (shyness, unsociability, social avoidance) in childhood and adolescence in mainland China.
Collaborators: Junsheng Liu (East China Normal University) and Xinyin Chen (University of Pennsylvania)
The Turtle Project
The goal of this research project is to develop and evaluate a multi-component early intervention program to assist young extremely shy/inhibited children.
Collaborators: Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and Ken Rubin (University of Maryland)
Shyness and Social Experiences Outside of School
This research focuses on the social world of young shy children outside of the school context, including both informal peer experiences (e.g., playdates) and organized activities (sports, music).
Collaborator: Linda Rose-Krasnor (Brock University)