Wayne State University
Christopher Trentacosta

Christopher Trentacosta

Associate Professor

chris.trentacosta@wayne.edu

313-577-9413

Rm. 8304 - 5057 Woodward Ave.

http://www.clas.wayne.edu/chris-trentacosta

Christopher Trentacosta

Dr. Trentacosta’s research focuses on individual differences in temperament, personality, and self-regulation among at-risk children and the interplay between these individual differences and aspects of children’s social context, including the family context. He is especially interested in the roles of temperament, self-regulation, and emotion competence in children’s risk for behavior problems during early childhood and their adjustment to school. His prior research and ongoing work falls into three broad categories: (1) examinations of the correlates and outcomes of self-regulation and emotion competence from a developmental psychopathology perspective, (2) longitudinal investigations of family transmission mechanisms (genetic factors, dyadic interaction patterns) that contribute to emotion regulation difficulties and behavior problems, and (3) evaluations of programs to promote emotion competence, self-regulatory skills, and school adjustment and to prevent conduct problems.

Area of Expertise

Conducting longitudinal research with families living in poverty and other at-risk populations

Department

Psychology

School/College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences