Kristin Buss is interested in emotional development and temperamental variation from birth through early childhood. Her work spans multiple areas of research within social development, psychobiology, and neuroscience. Her current work is focused on the development of risk for adjustment problems, such as anxiety symptoms in toddlers with fearful temperaments. This work has demonstrated significant effects for types of situations where children show fear as well as their physiological stress reactivity.
Dr.Buss'scurrent research focuses on identifying individual differences in affective developmental trajectories (e.g., temperament), and the mechanisms that underlie these individual differences. Her central research questions relate to understanding which children are at highest risk for developing anxiety symptoms. The work in Dr. Buss' lab will provide training in the training themes of biological bases, ecology of development, and emotion, temperament, and adjustment.