The research that we conduct in the Developmental Risk and Resilience Lab (DRRL) informs our understanding of the pathways that individuals follow toward risk outcomes as well as health and well-being.  Our recent publications reflect the efforts of three externally-funded research teams and related programs of study.

If you are interested in getting involved with the DRRL as an undergraduate, click here for a PSYC 395 application.

Follow this link to meet current members of the DRRL.

The Cross Study

The Cross Study uses an integrative data analysis approach to examine markers along an early-emerging internalizing pathway to substance use and disorder across the first four decades of life through the simultaneous analysis of three, nationally recognized longitudinal studies of children of alcoholic parents and matched controls.

The Role of Peers in the Internalizing Pathway to Adolescent Substance Use 

A secondary analysis of the Context/Linkages study (original PIs: Susan Ennett and Vangie Foshee) combines longitudinal growth modeling and social network analysis to examine the role of peers in negative affect-substance use associations across adolescence.

Raising Grateful Children

Raising Grateful Children uses a mixed methods approach to refine the definition of gratitude in young childhood, develop novel measures of children’s gratitude, and examine how parents foster gratitude in their children.

Lab Reunion, Fall 2014

In the Fall of 2014, we celebrated a mini-reunion of DRRL lab members dating back to our inception in 1997.  The DRRL boasts ten Ph.D. graduates who now have positions in research and clinical settings that include universities, hospitals, private practice, prisons, and non-profits.  We are proud of each and every one of them!


From left to right: Katie Smith, Sarah Morgan, Drew Rothenberg, Jade Poteat, Hillary Langley, Andrea Hussong, Julia Shadur, Richard Hicks, Jessica Solis, Maleeha Haroon, Gabriela Livas-Stein, Allison Reimuller Burns.


Julia Shadur, Ph.D. & Allison Reimuller Burns, Ph.D. who graduated from the DRRL in 2013 and 2014, respectively.


Andrea Hussong, Ph.D. her first graduate trainee, Richard Hicks, Ph.D., who completed his doctoral work in 2006.