Welcome to the Social Development Lab

at the University at Buffalo!

    Research in the Social Development Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY uses a developmental psychopathology orientation to study various subtypes of aggressive behavior and other social behaviors across development.             

    Specifically, our research team and collaborators have been investigating the development of forms (relational and physical) and functions (proactive and reactive) of aggression in early and middle childhood in a number of recent studies.  As part of these projects, we also study the formation of friendships, peer relationships, prosocial behavior and adjustment problems in young children.  In collaboration with colleagues at UB we have begun to develop intervention efforts for aggressive behavior in early childhood and have conducted research on brain functioning, impulsive behavior and adjustment in emerging adulthood.    Some of our current research is federally funded by the EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHD).


*Dr. Ostrov will be accepting a new Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at UB (entering Fall 2015)! 



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