The Building Early Emotion Skills Lab is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students directed by Dr. Holly Brophy-Herb. We study the ways in which parents, caregivers and teachers socialize very young children's emotions. We are particularly interested in how emotions socialization practices vary across adult and child characteristics such as family climate, gender culture, and mental health and reflective capacity. We examine how emotion socialization practices are related to very young children's emotional competencies such as emotion regulation with the ultimate goal of developing effective interventions and training models in family and child care contexts. We are also interested in how children's regulatory skills relate to children’s health, including obesity risk, and to their social and school outcomes.
Frames for Our Work:
Consistent with the land-grant philosophy of Michigan State University, the BEES lab collaborates closely with community partners to address critical issues in the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families. Collectively with our community partners, we seek to identify and to understand the roles of behavioral, psychological, biological and contextual (e.g. family, culture) processes that are related to the development of infants, toddlers, and very young children.