The Ohio State University

Lifespan Adjustment Project


The Ohio State University Lifespan Adjustment Project (LAP) is aimed at increasing our understanding of how behavior regulation and emotion regulation develop, and how coercive behavior within families, as well as other adversities early in life including child abuse and neglect, place individuals at risk for later difficulties in a number of life domains. We conceptualize emotion regulation as the set of abilities that enable individuals to modulate negative affective states (e.g., sadness, anger). Those who develop poor emotion regulation capabilities are vulnerable to later depression, anxiety, substance use, and conduct problems. Our long-term objective is to develop preventive interventions for many of these conditions through scientific exploration of emotion regulation and its development. We see childhood and adolescence as particularly important periods during which developing brain systems that subserve self-regulation are vulnerable to long-term changes in functioning. We assess emotion regulation and other individual differences at several levels of analysis, including behavioral, psychophysiological, neuroimaging, self-report, and observational. These projects are funded through grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institutes of Health Science of Behavior Change Common Fund Program. Please visit our Research page for more details, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our work.