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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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! 💙🤍✨
A huge congratulations are in order for Alexis Broussard, one of our incredible graduate students at the EDEN lab, for being awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award! We couldn’t be more proud and honored to have you as part of our lab 🏆👏🎉 @nsfgov @broussarda
The EDEN Lab is hiring undergraduate Research Assistants for Summer 2024! 🌞 Spread the news and join us in contributing to cutting-edge developmental psychology research! #ResearchAssistant #JoinOurTeam
Happy (belated) Spring from the EDEN Lab! Here’s to a season of growth, new beginnings and, of course, scientific discovery! 🪻🧬🌸

New insights into what motivates child prosociality come from Dr. Yael Paz's @YaelPa144 latest paper, with callous-unemotional traits in 5–6-year-old children linked to poorer recognition of emotional need and greater denial of help for others https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10802-024-01170-4

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A huge congrats to our incredible grad student, Alexis Broussard, for being awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award! We are so proud and honored to have you as part of our lab 🎉🏆👏 @NSF #teamscience

The EDEN Lab is hiring undergraduate Research Assistants for Summer 2024! 🌞 Spread the news and join us in contributing to cutting-edge developmental psychology research ! #ResearchAssistant #JoinOurTeam

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