Adolescence is a developmental period that entails substantial changes in affective and incentive-seeking behavior relative to both childhood and adulthood, including a heightened propensity to engage in risky behaviors and experience persistent negative and labile mood states. We are conducting research to reveal what "ingredients" of emotional behavior are developing during childhood and adolescence, and how these changes relate to daily-life emotional experiences as they shift with age.

Current Projects: 

how does emotion regulation develop through adolescence?
are adolescents especially motivated to explore emotionally charged material?
how do emotional development and language development interact?