• Child scientists
  • Father-child reading
  • Mother-child
  • Preschoolers playing
  • Girl smiling

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 Summer 2021 Lab Team-

Summer 2021 Lab Picture
Summer 2021 Lab Group- Top Row: Isaac Petersen (P.I.), Sidney Swartzbaugh (RA), Avery Bandstra (RA) Ben Swanson (Lab Coordinator); Second Row: Marianne Garcia (SROP Student), Max Frost (RA), Susu Ahmed (RA), Steve Grugan (Lab Staff), Third Row: Evan Saltz (RA), Jordan Harris (Graduate Student), Alexis Hosch (Graduate Student), Emily Lancaster (RA); Fourth Row: MT Goeltz (Lab Coodinator), Carlie Shrupsha (RA), Amanda Barrett (RA), Gloria Chang (RA). Not Pictured: Zoe-Ella Anderson (RA), Rylie Kelley (RA), Hiruni Sumanasiri (High School Intern), Abby Biddle (RA)



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