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 2023 Lab Team

Lab Group Spring 2023
Back Row: Dominic Marasco (RA), Megan Diep (RA), Ethan Stallman (RA), Jordan Harris (Graduate Student), Avery Bandstra (RA), Micah Williams (RA), Anya Nanjappa (RA), Dr. Isaac Petersen (Principal Investigator), Ben Swanson (Lab Coordinator); ​Middle Row: Jessica Pham (RA), Maddie Einck (RA), Alexis Hosch (Graduate Student), Rylie Kelley (RA), Molly Guerra (RA), Emma Chase (RA), Adeline Bradley (RA), Zach McKay (RA); Front Row: Madalynn ONeil (RA), Kasia Janik (RA), Emily Lancaster (RA), Krisha Keeran (RA), Abbey McConeghey (RA), Cheyenne Nelson (RA), Laxmi Annapureddy (Lab Staff); Not Pictured: Gloria Chang (RA), Anika Jain (RA)