The Preschool Emotions Project

The Big Emotions Across Development Lab collaborates with Dr. Sara Bufferd (University of Louisville) and the Child Anxiety and Mood Lab to conduct the Preschool Emotions Project (PEP) (PI: Bufferd). PEP is a multi-site study conducted at California State University San Marcos and the University of Maryland. PEP aims to understand the difference between typical and clinical levels of mood dysregulation (irritability, sadness, etc.) and anxiety in hopes of understanding risk factors for the development of emotional problems. 

To learn more about the PEP and its methods, click here. 


Study Team: Drs. Sara Bufferd (University of Louisville), Lea Dougherty and Thomas Olino (Temple University)

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Relevant Publications

Bufferd, S. J., Olino, T. M., & Dougherty, L. R. (in press). Quantifying severity of preschool-aged children’s internalizing behaviors: A daily diary analysis. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/10731911211046661. [PDF].

+Leppert, K. A., Bufferd, S. J., Olino, T. M., & Dougherty, L. R. (2019). A daily diary analysis of preschool depressive behaviors: Prospective associations and moderators across 14 Days. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(9), 1547-1558. PMID: 30911869; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-019-00535-4. [PDF].

 

+Chad-Friedman, E., +Leppert, K. A., Olino, T. M., Bufferd, S. J., & Dougherty, L. R. (in press). Affective dynamics and mean levels of preschool irritability and sadness: Predictors of children’s psychological functioning two years later. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-021-01121-w. [PDF]

Bufferd, S. J., Dougherty, L. R., & Olino, T. M. (2019). Mapping the frequency and severity of anxiety behaviors in preschool-aged children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 63, 9-17. PMID: 30731395; PMCID: PMC6414242;

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2019.01.006. [PDF]

 

+Barrios, C., +Leppert, K. A., & Dougherty, L. R. (2019). Epidemiology and nosology. In B. Fisak & P. Barrett (Eds.), Preschool anxiety: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention (pp. 1-28). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315213828-1. [PDF]

 

Dougherty, L. R., Klein, D. N., & Olino, T. M. (2018). Depression in children and adolescents. In J. Hunsley, and E. Mash (Eds.), A Guide to Assessments that Work (2nd Edition) (pp. 99-130). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/med-psych/9780190492243.001.0001. [PDF]

Bufferd, S. J., Dougherty, L. R., & Olino, T. M. (2017). Mapping the frequency and severity of depressive behaviors in preschool-aged children. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 48(6), 934-943. DOI: 10.1007/s10578-017-0715-2