Department of Psychology
University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5022
Developmental Psychopathology Lab
In the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at University of Houston our research focus is on the early identification of psychiatric disorders. One line of research focuses on social-cognitive, affective, and reward processing as early markers of psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents. A second line of research focuses on the development of diagnostic measurement tools to facilitate the early identification and treatment of psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents. We use a variety of methods in our research, including behavioral experiments, functional neuroimaging and survey methods. Research typically focuses on childhood disorders associated with deficits in interpersonal functioning (conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, depression, emerging borderline personality disorder, emerging psychopathic traits) or reward processing (problem gambling, depression).
The lab is run by Dr. Carla Sharp and has been funded by the NIMH, the NIH Centers for AIDS Research, NARSAD, the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation, and the Child and Family Program of the Menninger Clinic. The primary outcome of the research is to identify early markers of disorders in youth and to refine and further develop the practice of assessment and diagnosis of childhood psychopathology thereby enabling early identification and treatment of youngsters.
- September 2013: Tessa's research on non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents will be featured at UH's undergraduate research day. Congrats!
- September 2013: Congratulations to Allison who was elected student representative for the child and family track!
- September 2013: Congratulations on passing the EPPP, Tyson!
- September 2013: Allison was nominated for a poster award at SRP's annual conference. Well done!