Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology
Year entered Program: 2017
Research Interests: Caregiver-child interaction; joint engagement; playful learning; parent stress; language development
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda and Dr. Natalie Brito
Jacob is broadly interested in examining early learning processes, particularly during adult-child interaction, with an eye toward harnessing parent-child joint engagement and guided play in support of development and education. He is specifically interested in describing the behavioral foundations and components of interactions that are especially conducive to early learning and development. Jacob is beginning to examine how parents' stressful experiences influence their everyday interactions with their children, with the hope of identifying actionable steps for alleviating the detrimental impacts of stress upon parents and their young children.