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Welcome to Culture, Affect, RElationships (CARE) Lab at Miami University!

We are a group committed to understanding family influences on youth well-being across the developmental spectrum (middle childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood) within their local cultural contexts. Current research projects include:

Emotion socialization, Emotion Regulation, and risk for Psychopathology

Our studies have documented cross-cultural variation in the processes of emotion communication and control, and the ways in which parents respond to children’s emotions. Current studies include: Socialization of positive versus negative emotions and their associations with symptoms of anxiety and depression in a cultural context.

Parenting, cultural expectations, and parent-child relationship

We have examined parenting constructs such as parenting style, parent-child boundary dissolution, and parenting ethnotheories. Current studies include: a) ,cultural models and parenting beliefs among Indian and Chinese parents, b) moderators of the relation between parent-child boundary dissolution and offspring adjustment.

Mental health in a global context

Some of our recent work focuses on the field of global mental health, specifically graduate level training in mental health in a global context, and understanding conceptualizations of well-being and distress among individuals in different parts of the world. We were recently awarded a three-year grant (2015-18) titled, "A training model for culturally competent and evidence-based mental health care for diverse societies"  funded by United States-India Education Foundation (for more information, visit USIEF Indo-US project).

Health disparities across ethnic groups in the US

In collaboration with colleagues (Dr. Yvette Harris, Dr. Cameron Hay, Dr. Nicola Rodriguez on different projects), this line of research focuses on: a) family functioning, socialization of emotion and pain, treatment adherence, and mental health among youth with Sickle Cell Disease, b) resilience among families with preterm babies, c) patient-doctor interactions in pediatric emergency rooms.

Undergraduate student research section

Undergraduate students in our lab participate in ongoing research projects and pursue their own projects in the form of a departmental honors thesis, or through Miami University awards such as the Dean’s Scholar Award, Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities Scholarship, and Undergraduate Summer Scholar Award. Students typically present their honors thesis at national conferences, and many of these honors theses are published in peer-reviewed journals. If you are interested in participating in our research lab, please complete undergraduate research application, and email to