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Amy Bohnert

Associate Professor

Disciplines

  • Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Research Interests

  • Dr. Bohnert is an Associate Professor in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on how various contexts may promote better outcomes among youth, including lower rates of obesity, fewer behavior problems, and better social and emotional adjustment. With training in both development and child clinical psychology, she seeks to understand how out-of-school contexts, especially organized activities, after-school, and summer-based programming may serve as a buffer for youth. Relatedly, she has directed evaluations of community programs that seek to improve health and wellness. Guiding themes of her research are an emphasis on developmental transitions as points of reorganization as well as the translatability of her work to reduce health disparities among youth.

Catherine Haden

Professor

Disciplines

  • Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests

  • Dr. Haden's research program focuses on how children's interactions with their caregivers can influence what they learn and remember.  Recent work addresses how parent-child conversations during hands-on activities impact children's learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Dr. Haden's research also considers whether parent-child conversations and hands-on activities help children remember what they have learned and apply it to new situations.  The research takes place in area museums, including the Chicago Children's Museum and involves children who range in age from 4 to 10 years old.  Ultimately the research is aimed at contributing to understanding and improving young children's STEM education and learning.  Early exposure to fun, creative and meaningful engineering experiences may boost interest and the eventual pursuit of engineering and technology education paths by students. Ultimately, we aim to be able to recommend methods that parents and other educators can use with young children in STEM learning situations to foster early understanding of the scientific method, develop knowledge of STEM-related concepts, and potentially increase interest in future science education and career options.  Dr. Haden's research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

James Garbarino

Professor and Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology

Disciplines

  • Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Research Interests

  • My research focuses on issues in the social ecology of child and adolescent development. I have a long standing interest in a wide range of violence-related issues - war, child maltreatment, childhood aggression, and juvenile delinquency. In 1991 I undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq, and have served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian and Croatian children. I also serve as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of trauma, violence, and children. In all these issues I am concerned with how developmental processes are shaped by the human ecology in which they occur, and have a particular interest in matters of spirituality and identity in this process. After completing a project on physical aggression in girls (resulting in a book entitled See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It), I am currently working on a project dealing with childhood in the face of the terrorist threat.