Child and Adolescent Development of Emotion, Personality, and Psychopathology Lab
The Child and Adolescent Development of Emotion, Personality, and Psychopathology Lab (CADEPP) is led by Dr. Thomas Olino. Overall, his laboratory focuses on understanding the relationships between emotional and personality functioning and mental illness from a developmental perspective. The main current project in the CADEPP Lab is the Temple Adolescent Development Study (TADS), a prospective longitudinal study of adolescent brain development funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. We will study a large number of preteens and early adolescents over time to understand the emergence of mental illness over time. We will collect many different types of data including diagnostic interviews, information about stressful life events, behavioral measures of reward-processing and decision-making. In addition, participants will also undergo fMRI study visits to track the development of neural systems, in particular reward circuitry, over time. Tasks in the fMRI explore responses to monetary and social rewards and rejection as well as executive functioning.
Large complex projects like Project TADS open the door to the exploration of endless questions in addition to the main study aims, an opportunity made use of by the diverse research interests of individuals in the lab. For example, across different graduate students and post-bacc and undergraduate RAs, individual research focuses include risk-taking behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, executive functioning, intergenerational transmission of depression, and many more. The diversity of interests and backgrounds of CADEPP lab members often transforms lab meetings into enthusiastic and creative brainstorming sessions, which are always encouraged by Dr. Olino. Proposed future projects have included exploring the reward mechanisms at play in Fantasy Sports addiction and quantifying social rewards (potentially by adapting Tinder)…so stay tuned!
As Project TADS takes off and new ideas are in the works, the CADEPP lab is excited to continue to grow as we welcome two new graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow to our lab this fall. There are also openings for undergraduate volunteers with interest in gaining research experience in any and all of the areas and techniques described above. Ross and Taylor describe their experience as undergraduate volunteers in the CADEPP lab as follows:
“I would say some of my favorite things about the CADEPP lab are how close we all are and how we all work really hard together to make sure the projects get done… Also, another favorite thing about working in the CADEPP lab is that since our projects are so complex, we really learn a lot as undergrads. For example, since most of our projects include neuroimaging, working with kids, working with parents, examining cognition, family functioning, and mood, we get a ton of experience.” – Ross Divers, CLA ‘18
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in the CADEPP lab, email firstname.lastname@example.org.