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The D&P lab is an active training environment for graduate and undergraduate students. Lab members at the graduate and undergraduate levels regularly participate in all activities that support ongoing research projects. Moreover, students are supported in the development of their own research initiatives.
Graduate Research Opportunities
Because Dr. Valentino’s research is at the interface of developmental and clinical psychology, she mentors students in the Developmental and Clinical graduate program areas.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Lab Research: Dr. Valentino’s lab research course provides students with comprehensive research training and experience in developmental psychopathology. Currently, the D&P lab is actively pursuing multiple research projects. These projects focus on: (a) evaluating the efficacy of a brief, therapeutic intervention for maltreated preschool-aged children and their maltreating mothers, (b) memory, coping, and mother-child interactions among a group of economically disadvantaged preschool aged children,(c) autobiographical memory and the neurobiology of trauma, (d) evaluating the effectiveness of trauma-informed afterschool programming on child trauma and depressive symptoms, and resilience.
Lab research students will have the opportunity to participate in all activities that support our ongoing research projects. Typical student activities include participating in a weekly lab meeting, data entry, coding, and management. In students' second semester with the lab and beyond, students may be trained in clinical and developmental assessment measures and may have direct contact with research participants. Advanced students may also have the opportunity to travel to important professional meetings to help present research findings. Additionally, advanced students are encouraged to engage in mentored research and to complete a Senior Thesis.
Students are expected to work 10hrs/week, for which they earn 3 credits. We ask that students commit to working in the D&P lab for a minimum of two semesters. A two semester commitment is important because it allows students time to receive training and develop proficiency in a wide range of skills that are essential for conducting clinical research. This experience will undoubtedly enhance student applications for graduate work in research and applied fields. Students are responsible for transportation to the Center for Children & Families.