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Exploring Children's Lives and Processes of Socio-emotional Evolution (ECLiPSE) Lab


The mission of Dr. Natalie Wilkens' ECLiPSE laboratory is to:

  • Conduct high-quality research studies that provide insight into child, social, and cultural factors that shape children's and adolescents' social, school, and psychological adjustment in diverse populations
  • Prepare undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds and perspectives for success in social science research careers

Central Research Goals

  1. Describe the nature, and develop accurate measures, of children's social withdrawal and social competence
  2. Determine why children and adolescents develop social withdrawal and social competence
  3. Establish if, how, and why social withdrawal and social competence affect children's and adolescents' adaptation in other domains
  4. Examine if, how, and why children's and adolescents' experiences of adversity and/or marginalization relate to their psychological adjustment and academic adjustment