Social Development Lab

Director: David Schultz, Ph.d., M.DIV


The Social Development Lab conducts both basic and applied research focused on young children’s development. Many American children at the beginning of the 21st century are faced with a more unstable environment than previous generations.  Stress placed on neighborhoods and families by economic hardship, drugs, the threat of violence, and divorce leave many children in tenuous situations in which to receive and/or feel nurture. The Social Development Lab focuses on how these situations influence the way young children feel and think about their social worlds. We are particularly interested in disruptive young children and their families and if early intervention might improve their adjustment.