We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our multidisciplinary team at the Child Study Center. Alysia Blandon has joined the Developmental area of the Psychology Department at Penn State. Alysia received her PhD in Developmental Psychology in 2005 from the University of Michigan. She subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Susan Calkins at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Dr. Blandon’s research focuses on the interaction across multiple family subsystems (e.g., marital, coparenting, parenting, & sibling relationships) and contextual factors (e.g., race/ethnicity, SES, & gender) that influence children’s emerging self-regulation capabilities and their social and emotional development. A particular focus is placed on specifying the developmental trajectories of children’s self-regulation across multiple levels including physiological, behavioral, and emotional processes. The goal is to identify different pathways of development with an emphasis on examining the risk and protective factors that promote prosocial behavior or exacerbate children’s risk for later behavior problems and poor social functioning.