Collection of research images from the Developmental Psychopathology Lab

Welcome to the Developmental Psychopathology Lab Website!

The principal investigator of the lab is Dr. Isaac T. Petersen of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The University of Iowa.

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About Us

We study how children develop behavior problems as well as positive adjustment by considering multiple levels of analysis, including biological, psychological, and social-contextual processes. We place special emphasis on early development, which may lead to improved intervention and prevention approaches.

Our Mission

We are striving to improve the health and well-being of families and communities by conducting research to advance the understanding of human development.



Diversity Statement

We seek to include members of various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds so that our research might best represent the families which make up our diverse communities. We aim to provide a welcoming and respectful environment for people of all backgrounds.

Our Spring 2024 Lab Team

Lab Group of Spring 2024
Back Row: Jordan Harris (Graduate Student), Dr. Isaac Petersen (Principal Investigator), Zach Demko (Graduate Student), Anya Nanjappa (RA), Maddy Ephraim (RA), Hannah Thomsen (RA), Micah Williams (RA), Jessica Monday (RA), Cayde Schmedding (RA), Giovanni Longino (Lab Coordinator), Connor Roberts (RA); Middle Row: Emily Kelly (RA), Sophia Conard (RA), Kasia Janik (RA), Emma Hunter (RA), Tatum Koch (RA), Stella Mesch (RA), Molly Guerra (RA), Jordyn Gustafson (RA), Ethan Stallman (RA); Front Row: Johanna Caskey (Lab Technician), Alexis Hosch (Graduate Student), Laxmi Annapureddy (Lab Technician), Reese Lieser (RA), Lexi Andersen (RA), Abbey McConeghey (RA), Mackenzie Becker (RA); Not Pictured: Anika Jain (RA)