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The SIA Lab studies the bidirectional influences of social interactions and psychological functioning. The primary focus of current research is on social interactions and internalizing distress, such as depression and social anxiety. In one line of investigation, the lab is exploring the connections between social anxiety and youth aggression with the goal of identifying possible mediating and moderating influences. Another line examines social problem solving and its potential moderating impact on the stress-internalizing distress relationship.

Lab studies include children, adolescent, and emerging adult participants and employ a range of methods. Recent completed studies include the validation of a social problem solving self-monitoring measure, an evaluation of anger and rumination as mediating/moderating influences on the relationship between social anxiety and relational aggression, and a short-term longitudinal analysis of the interrelations of stress, social problem solving, and gastrointestinal distress.

The SIA Lab also maintains a strong interest in applied research focusing on social skills assessment and intervention. Past projects include programmatic intervention research in collaboration with area Head Start centers and the implementation of an anger control intervention for youth with sexual behavior problems in residential treatment centers across the state.

Follow the SIA Lab on Facebook for current study postings: @SocialInteractionsandAdjustmentLab