SUMMARY OF RESEARCH
The Prime Lab aims to understand and support social-emotional and cognitive development in young children using a family framework. We use a multilevel approach, examining how various distal and proximal risk factors in a child's environment work together to influence their language, cognition, self regulation, and behaviour. Throughout projects, the family context is emphasized: what are the patterns of interaction between parents and children, siblings, and whole families that help or hinder children's adjustment? What are the contextual factors that influence how family members interact with one another? Most importantly, how can we support families to build strong relationships and engage with one another in a way that fosters child adjustment?