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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Learn about graduate student Kristin Murtha’s day in the life at the lab!

Learn about graduate student Kristin Murtha’s day in the life at the lab! ...

Yuheiry Rodriguez is a Senior Research Coordinator at the EDEN Lab. In 2022, she received the Silver Staff Recognition Award from UPenn’s School of Arts and Sciences for her extraordinary contributions to the school.

Yuheiry Rodriguez is a Senior Research Coordinator at the EDEN Lab. In 2022, she received the Silver Staff Recognition Award from UPenn’s School of Arts and Sciences for her extraordinary contributions to the school. ...

Lucia Hernandez is a visiting graduate student from Spain whose research interests focus on psychopathy and antisocial behavior. After having visited in the fall of 2022, Lucia will be coming back this spring!

Lucia Hernandez is a visiting graduate student from Spain whose research interests focus on psychopathy and antisocial behavior. After having visited in the fall of 2022, Lucia will be coming back this spring! ...

EDEN Lab undergraduate, Sydney Sun, will be presenting a flash talk today at the Society for Affective Science conference in Long Beach, California. She will present on how social context influences emotion word production in children (+ links to behavioral problems). We are so excited for her! #AffectScience2023 #psychology #clinicalpsychology #emotion #naturallanguageprocessing #language

EDEN Lab undergraduate, Sydney Sun, will be presenting a flash talk today at the Society for Affective Science conference in Long Beach, California. She will present on how social context influences emotion word production in children (+ links to behavioral problems). We are so excited for her! #AffectScience2023 #psychology #clinicalpsychology #emotion #naturallanguageprocessing #language ...

Kristin Murtha is a graduate student with a major in psychology and a minor in bioethics from the University of Virginia. At the EDEN Lab, her research focuses on the ways in which multilevel environmental influences impact the development of callous unemotional traits and externalizing disorders.

Kristin Murtha is a graduate student with a major in psychology and a minor in bioethics from the University of Virginia. At the EDEN Lab, her research focuses on the ways in which multilevel environmental influences impact the development of callous unemotional traits and externalizing disorders. ...

Sam Perlstein is a graduate student studying clinical psychology at Penn, with a BA in Psychology and Human Rights from Barnard. Her research focuses on antisocial and psychopathic behaviors in children.

Sam Perlstein is a graduate student studying clinical psychology at Penn, with a BA in Psychology and Human Rights from Barnard. Her research focuses on antisocial and psychopathic behaviors in children. ...

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You're invited!! Come support our incredible research assistants at the lab, Lulia Tesfamarium, Helena Saven, and Sydney Sun, for the fantastic work they have done tonight at the UPenn Fall Research Expo in Houston Hall from 5-8pm 🎉👏

For those in grad app prep mode, Just a reminder of a couple helpful docs:

1. Here's a list of statements of purpose (SOPs) of previous applicants that I annotated to explain the process of putting together an effective SOP:

✨EDEN Star Feature(s) of the Week: Abby Wallace & Izzy Mossin✨

A warm welcome to our two new Research Specialists, Abby & Izzy! We are so excited for them to be apart of the EDEN lab family!

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