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Pediatric Emotion Regulation Lab

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We are primarily interested in studying children and adolescents who struggle to regulate negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety. We are also interested in parent characteristics that may influence how they respond to their child’s strong emotions. We recently completed two federally-funded studies. The first examined adolescents who exhibited significant emotional and behavioral dysregulation when they were younger (between ages 5 and 9 years) with the aim of finding early predictors of positive and negative outcomes. The second study was conducted in collaboration with Drs. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary of Hunter College and Carrie Masia-Warner of Montclair State University, and examined how anxiety impacts attention in adolescents (ages 12- 14). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we reached out to these adolescents and their families to collect additional information about their levels of anxiety and how they were handling the pandemic and related restrictions.  During this time, we also conducted a large online study of families of children with and without ADHD to examine how they managed remote learning during the pandemic. We are currently busy analyzing data from all of these studies, writing manuscripts and preparing new grants submissions! So far this year, our work has been published in Brain Imaging and Behavior, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Journal of Attention Disorders, and Behavior Therapy.

PERL is directed by Dr. Amy K. Roy, Professor of Psychology at Fordham University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine.