Dr. Eggum-Wilkens' research is focused on children's, social withdrawal, social competence, as well as socio-emotional and school-related adjustment in the US and international contexts.

Recent Projects

  • Family Migration and Early Life Outcomes (FAMELO) - Migration alters opportunities, resources, and relationships, but we don't fully understand the impact of migration on children who are left behind. This NICHD-funded program (P01), led by Dr. Jennifer Glick, focuses on how differences at child, family, and community levels alter relations between migration and children's outcomes in Nepal, Mexico, and Mozambique. Dr. Eggum-Wilkens' ECLiPSE Lab is leading Project 1 (R01) of the program, which is focused on understanding: what it means to be socially competent and well-adjusted in Nepal, Mexico, and Mozambique; and how familial migration is associated with children's socio-emotional adjustment and its socialization.

  • Social Withdrawal, Anxiety, and Depression: Genetic and Environmental Risk (SAD) - The purpose of this study is to better understand social withdrawal subtypes and contextual variations in shyness in early adolescents. Specifically, we aim to: 1) develop better measures of social withdrawal and shyness subtypes, 2) understand genetic and environmental contributions to social withdrawal subtypes, and 3) examine which subtypes of withdrawal are most strongly related to adjustment problems, including the extent to which these relations are due to genetic or environmental factors.


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