Child Health and Development Lab

In the Child Health & Development (CHaD) Lab, we study factors that influence children’s health and development. As part of the Stress, Early Experiences, and Development (SEED) Research Center, we work to understand how risk and protective factors become embedded in a child’s body using biologic measures, observations in normative settings, in-depth interviews and assessments, and in-depth analysis of the inequities impacting families.

Our scientific findings inform policy and practice decisions for and with families as part of our commitment to science in service of public good.

Learn more about our research into childhood stress and adversity.



We study the ways risk and protective factors influence children's health and development, and what interventions can support that development.

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Our research team is committed to research that improves our understanding of the ways cortisol patterns and reactivity may affect later development.

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We frequently publish our findings in academic journals to contribute to knowledge in psychology.

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We are currently open to new postdoctoral, graduate student and undergraduate trainees. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or would like to come by the lab to meet us.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Interested postdoctoral trainees can apply to the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group T32. Sarah Watamura, PhD, is also open to supporting individual postdoctoral fellowship applications.

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Graduate Students

Our lab is accepting applications for developmental and clinical PhD students planning to matriculate in the 2021–2022 academic year. Find out more about our PhD programs and application process on the Department of Psychology website.

Undergraduate Students

Our lab is accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants (RAs). RAs assist with many key lab functions, including helping to collect data in the field and helping to process interview, observational, physiologic and evaluation data. Many students grow toward independent projects and stay in the lab for many quarters, building relationships with graduate students and postdocs and enriching their education with hands-on experience. Download the application using the button below and send your completed application to

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