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Attachment, Caregiving and Emotions Lab (ACE Lab)

Director/Primary Investigator of Lab: Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD

The overarching goal of ACE lab research is to study attachment and caregiving relationships and their impact on emotional development and functioning across the lifespan. Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, has a particular interest in the impact of attachment and caregiving relationships on the development and risk for depression and suicide. In the lab, we use both basic research and treatment research to examine questions and test hypotheses related to these areas of inquiry.

In terms of basic research, lab members are continuing lines of inquiry related to her dissertation research, which examined several affective, cognitive, and physiologic predictors of sensitive and attuned parenting, and the relationship of parenting processes to children’s social and emotional development.

In terms of intervention research, the lab focuses on identifying effective mechanisms of change in interventions for child and adolescent depression and suicide risk, particularly mechanisms related to the quality of parent-child relationships. Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing is currently a co-investigator on an NIMH funded clinical trial comparing Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) to individual therapy for depressed and suicidal teens. She is examining changes in parenting and family functioning over the course of treatment. Her research utilizes developmental science techniques, including patient and family-centered observational coding techniques, to better understand parenting processes and effective family therapy techniques.

Active Funded Projects in Collaboration with FIS

None.

Proposed Projects in Collaboration with FIS

None.