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  • Mother-child
  • Preschoolers playing
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Welcome to the Developmental Psychopathology Lab website!  

The principal investigator of the lab is Dr. Isaac T. Petersen of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The University of Iowa.

The Fall 2020 Lab Team-

Fall 2020 Developmental Psychopathology Lab Photo. Top Row: Mary Taylor Goeltz (Lab Coordinator), Tabea Neumann (Lab Coordinator), Alexis Hosch (Graduate Student), Katie Hilt (RA), Abby Biddle (RA); Second row: Kali Rickertsen (RA), Steve Grugan (RA), Emily Huber (RA), Tallie Kerr (RA), Amanda Barrett (RA); Third row: Jordan Harris (Graduate Student), Isaac Petersen (Principal Investigator), Cassidy Kilcoin (RA), Zeya Han (RA), Christian Shepler (PREP student); Bottom row: Emma Kenney (RA), Suzi Mason (RA), Brynne Dochterman (RA), Max Frost (RA); Not Pictured: Sidney Swartzbaugh (RA), Ameen Taha (RA), Derrick Okine (PREP student).



About Us

We study how children develop behavior problems as well as positive adjustment by considering multiple levels of analysis, including biological, psychological, and social-contextual processes. We place special emphasis on early development, which may lead to improved intervention and prevention approaches.

Our Mission

We are striving to improve the health and well-being of families and communities by conducting research to advance the understanding of human development.

Diversity Statement

We seek to include members of various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds so that our research might best represent the families which make up our diverse communities. We aim to provide a welcoming and respectful environment for people of all backgrounds.


Winter Newsletter 2020