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Child Development and Parental Functioning Lab

The aim of the project is to identify early biological and environmental markers of the development of child self-regulation capacity and to create a more complete understanding of the earliest origins of psychopathology in childhood.  More specifically, the aim is to study the early development of emotional and cognitive self-regulation including attention, temperamental traits and executive functioning in early childhood in association with the parent emotion regulation. Furthermore, the aim is to study whether parents’ cognition and executive functions, parents’ emotional processing and maternal caretaking behavior moderate the effect of perinatal distress. In future these different factors of the self-regulation capacity will be studied in relation to child’s later socio-emotional and cognitive development and psychopathology.  The project allows us also to link this behavioral data with several biological samples including e.g. brain imaging data, gut microbiota, blood and DNA samples and hair and saliva samples. This study provide new data about the mechanisms between child’s regulation capacity and child’s brain development, which will help to develop evidence-based and targeted treatment and preventative interventions for small children and their families. Study includes several PhD and Post-Doc studies. 


Study group:

Linnea Karlsson, Adjunct Professor,

Riikka Korja, Adjunct Professor,

Saara Nolvi, PhD, Post-Doctoral Researcher,

Eeva-Leena Kataja, PhD Student,

Eija Sinervä, PhD Student,

Eeva Eskola, PhD Student,

Paula Mustonen, PhD Student,

Eeva Holmberg, PhD Student,

Elisabeth Nordenswan, PhD Student,

Hetti Hakanen, PhD Student,