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Congratulations Laura Crespo on an APA Dissertation Award

Outstanding achievement by Wayne State University (WSU) graduate student in clinical psychology, and long time contributor to SCANlab research! Laura Crespo has been recognized by the APA with a highly competitive outstanding dissertation award (dissertation award). She was the top of the top for her dissertation entitled, “Contextual risk, alternate caregiver parenting, and young children’s self-regulation skills.” , directed under the supervision of SCANlab collaborator, and WSU faculty member, Dr. Christopher Trentacosta. Congratulations Laura! This is a well-deserved achievement!


Laura Crespo, Wayne State University
Contextual risk, alternate caregiver parenting and young children’s self-regulation skills.

Laura CrespoSelf-regulation provides a promising target for early interventions aimed at improving at-risk children’s positive outcomes. Crespo’s dissertation will examine the role of fathers and other caregivers, along with mothers, in promoting their children’s self-regulation skills in low-income families. Her project will utilize self-report and observational methodology to examine relations among contextual risk factors, parenting behaviors and child self-regulation skills in toddlerhood, in addition to a longitudinal examination of parenting in toddlerhood as a predictor of children’s executive function skills at preschool age.

Crespo graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary, under the mentorship of Janice Zeman, PhD. She is currently completing her PhD in clinical psychology at Wayne State University, under the guidance of Chris Trentacosta, PhD and Erika Bocknek, PhD.