Social Context & Development Lab

In the Social Context & Development Lab, we study how the people we interact with, the experiences we have and our biology shape development, particularly during adolescence.

We explore these interactions by focusing on factors including social supports, parent-child relationships and decision-making processes. Our projects, which engage multiple methods, create important knowledge of people’s lives on the University of Denver campus and in our community.



We are currently working on two projects, our transition to college study and our work investigating high school friends and decision making.

See Our Current Projects



Learn about our latest findings on our publications page.

Read Our Publications

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We are recruiting participants for our Girls in Transition Project and the Transition to College Study.

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Graduate Student Opportunities

We currently have two graduate students working under Julia Dmitrieva, PhD. If you are interested in applying, please visit the Department of Psychology website for more information.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

We are interested in hiring enthusiastic, dedicated and interested undergraduate Research Assistants (for credit, work-study or volunteer). If you are interested, please email Julia for more information and an application.

The position will likely involve training, lab organization, data training and entry, occasional lab meetings, planning and scheduling, and may include off-campus interviews. We usually ask for a commitment of 5–10 hours per week and at least two quarters of work. This is a great opportunity to build your research experience!

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Learn More About the Researchers and Students in our Lab

Meet Our Team