RESEARCH THEMES

FAMILY RESPONSIVENESS

Responsiveness is characterized by prompt and appropriate responding to a child’s internal states and behavioural cues. We are interested in understanding predictors and consequences of responsiveness between family members, as well as developing measurement of the construct using observations of real-time interactions.

SUPPORTING FAMILIES

We develop and evaluate clinical assessment and intervention tools, as well as preventive tools to guide public health strategies. Overall, Dr. Prime is interested in applying bioecological models to clinical practice, while drawing on theories of family systems, attachment, and emotion.  

COVID-19 AND FAMILIES

We are studying the mechanisms of family functioning in the context of COVID-19 stress. Our primary aim is to identify which aspects of the family system, family environment, and individual histories are most influential in predicting optimal psychological and behavioural outcomes in this context.

KNOWLEDGE SYNTHESIS

Dr. Prime utilizes methods of knowledge synthesis such scoping reviews and meta-analyses in order to systematically examine the existing literature related to family functioning and child development. Such synthesis activities are used to inform decision-making in policy and practice.