The Child and Adolescent Psychology Lab
at Eastern Michigan University

What do we research?

The Child and Adolescent Psychology Lab at Eastern Michigan University is interested in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children and adolescents. We look at many different aspects of youth experience including parent-child relationships, teacher-student relationships, social support, stress and trauma, problem solving, and coping. The lab is directed by Dr. Carol “Ketl” Freedman-Doan, the Psychology Department Head. Most of our studies involve youth between the ages of 8-17 years and are conducted online or at the University Psychology Clinic in Ypsilanti. If you are a parent who is interested in participating, please visit the Ongoing Studies section for information about our current studies.

Why work with children and adolescents?

This period is a time of rapid growth and development, exploration and change. Experiences during these years often have a profound impact on an individual’s educational choices, career path, physical and mental health, relationships, and much more. In the hope that we can contribute to better outcomes for more kids, we need to better understand how relationships and events in childhood and adolescence cultivate resilience and contribute to overall functioning. Also, kids are cool.

Primary investigator mini-biography

Dr. Freedman-Doan is a Professor of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University and the Head of the Psychology Department. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she is interested in developmental psychopathology, identity development, and effective treatments for children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Freedman-Doan obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University and her B.S. degree from Kent State University. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Dr. Freedman-Doan was a teacher for emotionally disturbed adolescents at a long-term residential treatment facility for six years. She has also had extensive research experience working as a Project Manager of a large-scale, longitudinal study investigating the roles of family, peers, and school life in developing feelings of competence and self-worth in children.