Recent & Ongoing Research Projects


We are interested in children and families, their daily lives, and how they adapt to challenges. Click the links below or to the left for detailed information on our current research projects.    

Families Adapting to COVID-19 Together (FACT) Study: This study leverages a mixed-method design to examine individual- and family-systems-level adaptation and coping in the midst of COVID-19.

Caring and Coping with Cancer (C3) Study: This study, funded by a Tina L. Bachas award from the Massey Cancer Center to Marcia Winter, PhD, and collaborator Tara Albrecht, PhD, ACNP-BC (now at Duke University), explored the responsibilities and implications associated with the caregiver of a cancer patient within a longitudinal, mixed-method research study.

Children's Museum Partnership: Our partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond and Seymour's Living Laboratory provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student education while conducting research in a community setting.
(1) Come to Your Senses (CTYS) Study: This project focused on young children’s temperament, especially their sensory sensitivity.
(2) Learning, Exploring, and Reasoning Novelty (LEARN) Study: This study is examining how children react – cognitively and emotionally – when they are faced with information that contradicts what they believe.

Teen and Parents (TAP): This project, funded by a pre-doctoral Weatherstone Fellowship awarded to Jessie Greenlee from Autism Speaks, was dedicated to learning more about the daily lives of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Families of Richmond, VA (FoR-VA): This study was a cooperative effort between researchers in the Department of Psychology and the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Child & Adolescent Physical & Emotional Development - Cancer Context (CAPED-C) Study: This research, funded by a K99/R00 award to Marcia Winter from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, was to delineate factors that may influence children’s quality of life by examining what happens as children and their caregivers face diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer.