Welcome to the Development & Psychopathology Laboratory!
The D&P Lab is located at the Center for Children and Families, and is part of the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Kristin Valentino is the director.
Guiding our research is a developmental psychopathology perspective, which emphasizes the interface between normal and atypical development. We integrate methods from developmental, clinical, and cognitive psychology, and utilize a multiple-levels-of analysis approach towards the study of child development and child psychopathology. We also aim to develop translational research interventions to foster healthy development among maltreating families.
Specific topics of study include: parent-child interactions, parent-child reminiscing, memory development, self development, trauma & memory, depression, dissociation, PTSD, self representations, maternal representations, attachment.
Specific populations include: maltreated children, children living in poverty, low income families, etc.
A major goal of the D&P Lab is to translate our developmental research findings into effective prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk children and their families. Members of the D&P lab are also dedicated to providing service
to children and families in the South Bend community.