Dr. Melissa Barnett's Research Lab:
Context, Family Relationships and Child Development
We study how contextual factors interact with the quality of family relationships, including parenting, coparenting, and grandparenting, to impact child development. We consider a variety of contexts such as economic disadvantage, culture, ethnicity, neighborhoods, interparental relationships, and early care and education settings. Across our research projects, we focus on identifying family or contextual assets among families at risk for compromised relationships and caregiver and child wellbeing.
Melissa A. Barnett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Family Studies and Human Development