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Developmental Science Laboratory (DSL)

The Developmental Science Laboratory (DSL) consists of a team of interested faculty and students who share similar passions for examining developmental processes across the life span. Researchers in this lab take an interdisciplinary approach in order to examine the complexity of adjusted and maladjusted developmental processes appropriately.


Hung-Chu Lin, Ph.D., Developmental Psychology

Lab Activities

The DSL embraces students who demonstrate interests in research and show strong motivation and commitment to the learning process.  Lab members meet regularly on Friday afternoons, usually beginning by reflecting and discussing on various aspects of projects currently undertaken in the lab, followed by literature review as relevant to our current projects. If you would be interested in visiting our lab, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lin. We would love to hear from you.

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Current Research Projects

  • The long-term physical and mental sequelae of adverse childhood experiences
  • The relation between adverse childhood experiences and sexual self-esteem
  • Perceived parental behaviors, relational identity and internal working models
  • Collegiate achievement and retention
  • Behavioral responses to disruption in conversational flow
  • The relation between development of empathy and understanding of theory of mind
  • Preschoolers’ responses to social partners’ distress: The effects of familiarity with social partners
  • The temporal relations between acoustic features of infant cry sounds, cry perception, and emotional responding
  • Enrichment and stress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder
  • The relations between dispositional empathy, perceived parenting, and internal working models in inmates and college students


  • Newborn Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning
  • Better Options Initiative, Inc.

Facilities & Equipment

The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning
200 E Devalcourt St, Lafayette, LA 70506 / Rooms 236 and 238

The DSL is equipped with the state-of-the-art coding software, the Observer XT, and the Audio-Video Module (from the Noldus Information Technology) that permit observing and analyzing human behavior at multiple levels, from macroscopic overviews to microscopic behavioral analysis on a frame-by-frame basis.


DSL undergraduate researchers CammieJo Touchet, Demi Leleux, Jacob Ambrose, Ashley Hughes, Sophie Comeaux, Steven Stringfellow (from left to right) presenting at the Louisiana Undergraduate Research Conference, 2016