Child and Adolescent Laboratory

Directed by Jenny Vaydich, PhD, the Child and Adolescent Laboratory within the School of Psychology, Family, and Community at Seattle Pacific University explores the influence of parent-child relationships and interactions on child and adolescent emotion regulation development. We are particularly interested in parent-child relationships and parental emotion socialization during childhood and adolescence. Previous projects have focused on aggression; however, more recent projects have examined the influence of parent-child relationships on symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Vaydich and her research team study:

  • Child and adolescent emotion regulation
  • Parental emotion socialization
  • Attachment
  • Parent-adolescent conflict
  • Neuroendocrine responses to stress within parent-child relationships

Their current projects explore:

  • The influence of parent-adolescent conflict on adolescent mental and physical health
  • The relationship between parental criticism and adolescent depressive symptoms
  • Parental attachment relationships and disordered eating during late adolescence
  • The impact of early parenting experiences on adolescent emotional functioning

Research assistantships

If you are a current SPU student interested in joining the Child and Adolescent Lab research team, you must:

  1. Complete a research contract with Dr. Vaydich
  2. Commit to participate as a research assistant for two or more quarters

If you would like to join our lab or participate in our current research studies, we would love to talk with you. Please contact Dr. Vaydich at for more information.

Why I teach at SPU

Jenny Vaydich, assistant professor of psychology

“I teach at SPU because the students thoughtfully utilize the information they are learning in the classroom to reflect upon what it means for their lives as they explore the university mission of engaging the culture and changing the world.”


Explore. Examine. Analyze.

All faculty members in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community are active in scholarship, research, and writing.