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Erika Lunkenheimer, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Psychology

Associate Director: Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

Email

Phone

  814-863-1991

Office

448 Moore Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Brief Bio

Dr. Lunkenheimer is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology and an Associate Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. Her research program revolves around risk and protective processes in the parent-child relationship, with the dual goals of (1) understanding how mother-child and father-child interactions and regulatory processes contribute to developmental psychopathology and (2) uncovering malleable relationship processes that aid in the tailoring and improvement of preventive intervention programs for families at risk, particularly risk for child maltreatment. This work is grounded in dynamic systems theory and dyadic and time series analytic methods, and has provided an understanding of parent-child biobehavioral coregulation in early childhood and its association with family risk.


Education

2006 Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan

1999 M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University

1996 B.A., Psychology, Northwestern University


Expertise

parenting, parent-child interaction, self-regulation, child behavior problems, observational methods, dynamic systems theory and methods, developmental psychopathology


Research Interests

parent-child coregulation, parent and child self-regulation, parent mental health, stress physiology, autonomy support, harsh parenting, child maltreatment risk, maltreatment severity


Labs


Courses

PSYCH 212

 

PSYCH 547

Fundamentals of Social Development

CMAS 493

Child Maltreatment Minor Capstone Course

PSYCH 529

Maltreatment and Child Development