Social Development Lab


The Social Development Lab is directed by Dr. Amanda Harrist and at various times is comprised of doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students. Research conducted in the SDL explores the development of children’s social competence, withdrawal, and aggression exhibited in preschool and the early years of school. We are particularly interested in family (parent-child, marital, and sibling) relationships as antecedents of social behavior, and social-cognition (social information processing; emotion understanding) as linking the family and peer group. Within the peer group, we have focused on peer rejection, social acceptance, and obesity as important outcomes but also as processes contributing to positive or negative trajectories of the child’s continued social development. Reprints of research publications are available via


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The Social Development Lab is currently located in OSU’s Scott Hall, Room 307.