Research Goals and  Interests:

Pete’s research is focused, broadly, on the developmental antecedents of emotional and cognitive regulation, their relation to one another, and their cognitive, affective, and behavioral outcomes throughout infancy and childhood. He is particularly interested in the co-acting influences of early parent, child, and (epi)genetic factors on both behavioral and physiological aspects of children’s developing regulatory capacities.

Relatedly, Pete examines how these early developmental mechanisms contribute to the development of externalizing behavior problems, and their potential sequelae (e.g., antisocial behavior and psychopathy, difficulties with peer relationships and academic achievement). His dissertation will examine how the developmental pathways to cognitive and emotional dysfunction may lead children to exhibit early conduct problems and callous-unemotional behaviors, and how such pathways may differ among children.