Dr. Debbie Laible is an Associate professor in the department of psychology at Lehigh and she joined the Lehigh faculty in 2005 after being an Assistant Professor at SMU. Her research focuses on trying to understand how children construct an understanding of themselves, others, and relationships. Dr. Laible's program of research focuses on trying to understand how aspects of close relationships (with parents and peers), including both broad relational qualities (such as attachment security) and more specific relational process (such as mother-child discourse) relate to children’s emotional understanding (i.e., affective perspective taking), conscience development (including empathy, internalization of values, and prosocial behavior), self understanding (and self-esteem), and representations of relationships.
Erin Karahuta (5th Year Ph.D. Student)
Erin is a fifth year doctoral student who graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Erin's research focuses on children’s social and emotional development and how parenting and the quality of parent-child interactions influences children’s outcomes. She is specifically interested in researching how toddlers and preschoolers learn to understand others’ emotions, engage in helping behaviors, and display moral emotions such as empathy. Erin believes that parents’ characteristics, such as parents’ beliefs about emotions and their sensitivity when interacting with their children, influence children’s moral development. She is also interested in how children’s characteristics influence quality of parenting. Furthermore, she is interested in understanding how moral emotions continue to develop through adolescence.
Jill Froimson (Medical student, Wright State University)
Tia Panfile Murphy (Assistant Professor, Washington College)