Welcome to the EDEN Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Our mission is to study individual differences in the development of the social, emotional, and behavioral skills that underpin a successful, healthy, and happy life. We study what causes people to differ in these skills through a multi-method and multi-level approach. We study genetic influences, brain function and structure, physiology, attention, and temperament, as well as parenting, community, school factors and broader, structural influences of society and culture. We seek to inform intervention and treatment approaches to improve the well-being of children and families.

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Coping with disruptive behaviors in children, including aggression, defiance, argumentativeness, and rule-breaking, can be incredibly difficult. We understand the challenges facing parents and families dealing with these types of behavior problems. Many decades of research have established effective strategies that parents can use to better manage child behavior and reduce stress in the family. There are also established gold-standard interventions and treatments when children are diagnosed with clinically-significant behavior problems, including conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder. Please see our Parent Resources for more information about disruptive behavior disorders in children, parent strategies for dealing with difficult child behavior, and information on current diagnosis and treatment options.

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This year’s Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP) in Paphos, Cyprus was one for the books! 🇨🇾 What an amazing event filled with incredible presentations from our EDEN lab team, conversations of research innovations with friends both old and new, and even an exploration of the Tombs of the Kings! 🏛️🏺🧡
Congratulations to our wonderful postdoc, Emily Perkins, for winning the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP) Postdoc Paper Award for her paper titled, “Assessing general versus specific liability for externalizing problems in adolescence: Concurrent and prospective prediction of symptoms of conduct disorder, ADHD, and substance use” (2022). This award “recognizes an exceptional paper first-authored by a current post-doctoral scholar that represents either a novel empirical or theoretical contribution in the field of psychopathy” (SSSP, 2024). Click the link in our “Publications” highlight to read the full article and learn more about Emily’s awesome contribution to science! 🤩
It’s official! 🎉Our incredible EDEN Lab seniors, Alasia Williams, Chinyelu Ojukwu, and Sydney Sun, have graduated and we couldn’t be more proud of how far they’ve come! We’re so grateful for their countless contributions to the lab, whether it be running study visits, analyzing data, or coming up with interesting and meaningful new research questions. They will be so missed, but we can’t wait to see what comes next!
A HUGE congrats to our amazing Clinical Psychology graduate student, Sam Perlstein, for passing her dissertation defense last week!! 🎉 We are so incredibly proud of all the work she has done both in and out of the lab, and we can’t wait to see what her future holds as a soon-to-be intern at her (first choice!) Clinical Psychology program at Duke University! 💙🤍✨

Congratulations to @emilyrperkins for winning the SSSP Postdoc award for her 2022 paper assessing general vs specific risk factors in the development of psychopathology in adolescence https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36222627/ What an incredible achievement! 👏

It's official! Our incredible EDEN Lab seniors, Alasia Williams, Chinyelu Ojukwu, and Sydney Sun, have graduated and we couldn't be more proud! We're so grateful for everything they've contributed to the lab and we can't wait to see what comes next! #UPennClassof2024 🥳🎓

HUGE congrats to our amazing Clinical Psych graduate student, Sam Perlstein, for passing her dissertation defense! We are so proud of the work she has done, and can’t wait to see what her future holds as an intern at her (first choice!) Clinical Psych program at Duke University💙

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