Our research into personality development focuses on early childhood predictors of personality development. A target of this line of research is the identification of temperament risk factors – early appearing biobehavioral patterns that tend to foreshadow attention, anxiety, and conduct problems. We have created the Integrative Child Temperament Inventory (ICTI), which is a scale for assessing these markers in very young children. In an extension of this research, we are currently developing a similar scale for use in school age children.
Our work in this area has also included analyses from the Mauritius Child Health Project on early childhood risk factors for cognitive functioning in late adolescence, calling attention to developmental risks associated with poverty and gender inequality.
More information about our current research projects can be found below.