Health Disparities Laboratory in Pediatric Psychology

Research in the HDL-PP examines aspects of the health system and factors related to children’s physical and family environments that contribute to the health outcomes of children from low-socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds.

Kochel Lab for Clinical Autism Research

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social-communication skills, as well as the presence of restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests. Symptoms usually present during the first two years of life, and although children can be reliably diagnosed as young as 18 months, the average age of diagnosis in the United States currently is four years. Most scientists believe that ASD is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While advances in technology allow for continuous improvements in genetic-testing capabilities, a genetic explanation is currently identified in fewer than 25 percent of affected individuals. Researchers today continue to investigate etiological factors, biological markers for early detection, and the most effective treatment approaches. The participation of families is critical to our being able to answer important questions about ASD and facilitate the best outcomes for all affected individuals.

Resilience and Diabetes Behavioral Research Lab

Led by Dr. Marisa Hilliard, the Resilience And Diabetes (RAD) Behavioral Research Lab conducts behavioral research to learn about and support resilience in young people with type 1 diabetes and their families. Resilient diabetes outcomes include engaging in diabetes self-management behaviors, having good diabetes-related quality of life, and aiming for glycemic outcomes close to the targets, even while managing the challenges of living with diabetes.