I am interested in Attachment Theory, especially attachment relationships. My research focuses on questions about how attachment influences information processing and other important outcomes. In particular, I’ve been interested in the role attachment plays in memory of painful events and the psychological changes associated with attachment over time. I’ve also been working on projects examining how attachment orientations influence relational quality and personal health through perceptions of social support in adulthood.
I am interested in various issues relating to children’s involvement as witnesses in the legal system. My research focus is on the interplay of children’s moral development and testimony. Other projects involve studying how different characteristics of the child witness might influence judgments of their credibility by potential jurors as well as looking at aspects of true and false memory across development. Lastly, I also study the impact of foster care on mental health outcomes.
My research interests include examining the socio-cultural factors that influence adults’ perceptions of minority children’s credibility as witnesses in child sexual abuse cases. I am also interested in the developmental trajectory of children’s perceptions of racial discrimination using a model that examines the interaction of cognitive, situational and individual variables.