Current Research Projects
Child Anxiety, Physical Health, and Emotion (CAPE)
We are currently recruiting 7-10 year-olds and their families living in Bozeman and the surrounding communities for our study on child anxiety, physical health, and emotion (CAPE). The study entails one parent and their child (or children, if more than one is eligible) to visit the CAALM lab on the Montana State University - Bozeman campus. The parent and their child (or children) will be asked to answer questions about their own and their child's thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and relationships. In addition, each child will participate in several tasks, while we measure their heart rate, respiration, and perspiration.
Community-based Participatory Research: Internalizing Problems in American Indian Youth
Deleterious physical and mental health outcomes are still highly prevalent among American Indians, including anxiety disorders, in which lifetime rates are nearly twice as high as the national US average (14.5% vs. 8.6%). Although past research has consistently shown severe stress exposure, such as adverse childhood experiences and threats to cultural identity, serve as early risk factors for the development of internalizing problems (anxiety and depression), our knowledge of how early stress exposure leads to internalizing problems across development, and what individual and environmental factors may put youth at greater risk or protect them developing internalizing problems is limited.
The first objective of this proposed research developmental plan is to take the necessary first steps to develop a culturally responsible program of research in a tribal community to address these limitations by using longitudinal designs, multi-method approaches to assess emotion regulation (cognitive and biological), and culturally sensitive measures of anxiety and emotion regulation. The second objective is to begin developing a pilot project proposal aimed at exploring the psychometric properties of adapted existing measures of anxiety and emotion regulation, and test concurrent and longitudinal interrelations between early stress exposure, emotion regulation, and internalizing problems in 7-10 year-old American Indian children.