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Ruth Speidel

Assistant Professor (LTA)


Ruth received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and joined the SEDI lab as a postdoctoral fellow in Fall 2020. Her research interests focus on examining mechanisms at play in the development of child emotion, self-regulation, and other social-emotional capacities. Specifically, she studies the effects of early family processes, including emotion socialization behaviors during parent-child interactions and their implications for child emotion and self-regulation, particularly within adverse family environments and in the context of early trauma. In addition, she is interested in how research can be applied to inform interventions aimed at ameliorating negative developmental trajectories in children and families who experience adversity.