Developmental and Educational Psychology Research Team
Research Team 13
Supervised by
(Judith Pena-Shaff)
Office: 115-D Williams

Research Team Description: Our research team focuses on issues related to human development, learning, and education. Projects involve both qualitative and quantitative research to study human development and learning, educational issues, and evaluation of educational programs. Our team offers its members an excellent experiential learning opportunity to apply psychological methods of inquiry.

What do team members do? Members of our research team critically analyze research articles,  generate literature reviews for our projects; develop research protocols and/or surveys, collect, enter and analyze data,  write conference abstracts and develop conference presentations, and present our study results at student or professional conferences. Students in our team are ready to attend and thrive in graduate schools, work for educational, research, and other types of organizations.

Current Projects:

  • Caregivers and their children's perceptions of their stressors and coping mechanisms related to COVID-19 effects in their everyday lives: A year after

    It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic altered our sense of normalcy and tested our endurance. Prolonged fear and health measures including social distancing have left many people with a sense of burnout and hopelessness. Our team is studying the perceptions of caregivers and their children (ages 9 to 18) about the socioemotional effects COVID-19 has had on themselves, their children and adolescents, as well as the coping strategies employed by children and their families to maintain a sense of normalcy. We are also interested in examining how social restrictions and school alterations are impacting children and their families.

Our team emphasizes "TEAM work." There is no "I" in team! We take hard work and fun very seriously.

If you are interested in joining our team, contact me at jpenaper@ithaca.edu to schedule an interview. You can also review what current team members say about our team so you become more aware of what we do and our expectations.