In Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer's Parent-Child Dynamics Lab, we study the ways that parenting and parent-child interaction patterns influence child development. We use dynamic time series analysis to examine how parents and children coordinate their emotions, behaviors, and physiology, and how this coordination is related to the development of children's self-regulation and behavior problems in school. We also examine how parent-child interaction patterns relate to resilience and risk in the family, such as risk for child maltreatment, and how a better understanding of these patterns can inform the development and improvement of preventive interventions for stressed and overburdened families. Undergraduate Research Assistants will work both independently and as a team to support a broad range of research efforts, such as data collection, processing, and analysis.
This research if affiliated with the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network.
Potential responsibilities include project preparation, recruiting families for research involvement, conducting study visits, coding behavior and affect in videotaped parent-child interaction tasks, entering questionnaire data, and/or processing physiological (breathing and heart rate) data. Training is provided. Undergraduate Research Assistants attend a regular group meeting which includes professional development topics, presentation of lab research, and discussion of relevant literature.
Strong candidates will be enthusiastic, communicative, detail-oriented, and responsible. Experience with children and/or families is a plus. Experience in research is a plus.
Dr. Lunkenheimer is a faculty member with the Child Maltreatment Solution Network.