Emotion Regulation in the Context of Crisis: An Examination of Cognitive Reappraisal and Expressive Suppression in the Aftermath of the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis in Japan

Presented at:

2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium

2012 Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, IL

Supported by:

2011 Summer Research Grant from Psi Chi (officially to have Erin work at Tufts University for the summer)

Published in the APA Journal Emotion, February 2014

Childhood Attachment to Comfort Objects in Relation to Sensory Reactivity

Previous explanations of childhood attachment to comfort objects have unsuccessfully focused on pathology, temperament and maternal attachment.  Given that comfort objects provide soothing through tactile stimulation and that children differ in sensory processing, this study examined differences in sensory reactivity between children with and children without attachments to comfort object. Twenty-three children completed sensory tasks that measured tactile threshold, tactile preferences and sensory sensitivity.

The Influence of the Post-Divorce Coparenting Relationship on the Beliefs about and Commitment in Relationships of Female Divorced Children

This study focused on a potentially protective factor that may buffer the impact of parental divorce on adult children’s commitments to intimate relationships.  Beliefs about intimate relationships were hypothesized to be influenced by adults’ perceptions of their parents’ coparenting dynamics rather than solely based on experiences with parental marital relationships, as the concept of intergenerational transmission of divorce would suggest.  Children of divorce were expected to have more pessimistic views about intimate relationships and less commitment to the

Fathers’ Responsiveness Relates to Infant Temperament and Their Relationship with Their Parents

Previous research has examined factors that predict the quality of the father-infant interaction but has not adequately addressed the importance of the infants’ temperament and the fathers’ parental bonding with his parents.  This observational study examined the relationship of these variables with the fathers’ responsiveness in the dyadic interaction.

Exploring Autism: ABA vs. Relationship Developmental Intervention & the Son Rise Program as Intervention Treatments Targeting Three Core Deficits

Different treatment options have been developed to target deficiencies and abnormalities in children with autism, but literature is lacking in comparatively evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions.  The Applied Behavior Analysis approach, as was observed and enacted by the author at the New England Center for Children, places children in a school-like setting and focuses on effectively shaping their abnormal behaviors into behaviors that are more acceptable.  Relationship-based approaches such as the Relationship Developmental Model and the Son Rise Program are less c


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