research projects include:
Early Childhood Friendship
Project-Phase 2. This project is currently in the data
analysis phase. This was an extension of our earlier
intervention study (see Ostrov et al., 2006, ECRQ). We
expanded our program to 8 weeks and tested the study in a randomized
trial. We collected detailed observational measures and
teacher reports for the individual children in the study and our
initial results are promising (see newsletter under "For Parents"
A new study examining the
role of young children's literature on social behaviors will begin
in Fall 2014.
research projects include:
We recently conducted a federally-funded research project
aggression, victimization, and adjustment during middle childhood
funded by the EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD
HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT).
Preschool Social Development Project.
This project is a short-term
longitudinal study of children's peer relations at school. We
have multiple informants and methods of assessment including
school-based behavioral observations, teacher-reports, structured
interviews with children, research-assistant reports, and
parent-reports. This is a short-term (two time points)
longitudinal study designed to examine the developmental factors
associated with forms (i.e., physical and relational) and functions
(i.e., proactive and reactive) of aggression in young children.
cross-cultural study of peer relations in India with
Dr. Julie Bowker (PI) at UB
We conducted a series of collaborative ERP studies with
Rebecca Houston at the
Research Institute of Addiction (Emerging Adulthood)
UB Early Child Development
This was a short-term longitudinal study using observational
methods, brief developmentally-appropriate interviews of children
and teacher-reports of young children (3-5-years-old). We were
interested in further studying how various social behaviors develop
and how emotion regulation capacity influences these behaviors in
early childhood. We partnered with five area early
childhood centers to conduct this relatively large multi-informant
and multi-method study.
UB Continuation of the Early Childhood Play
Project. We contacted
families that previously participated in our ECPP. We
asked 1 parent to bring the participating child to our laboratory
on the south campus. Parents completed standard surveys
about their child's social behavior and children completed a brief interview and some short laboratory tasks.
The laboratory tasks were designed to assess the child's ability to
delay gratification, pretend and deceive others. The tasks were
designed to be fun and engaging. Please see the newsletter
summary under the parent section of this website.
UB Early Childhood
Play Project (ECPP; Longitudinal Study in Early Childhood).
Please see the past newsletters under the parent section of this
website or several of our publications.
The UB Early
Childhood Friendship Project (School-based Intervention Study), in
Dr. Greta Massetti (now at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, Atlanta, GA). Please see the past newsletter under
the parent section of this website or our recent publication from
a collaborative continuation of the
Preschool Pals Project (Early Childhood to Kindergarten),
R. Crick, at the University of Minnesota's Institute of
Past student research
The Social Development Lab
Department of Psychology
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260