Our Mission

We think that emotions provide a very unique SHIELD for youth.


  • Motivate us to take action

  • Provide us with signals about our environment

  • Help us to identify our needs

  • Help us to make decisions

  • Allow us to communicate with others

And much more! We believe that youth can be happy, healthy, and successful -- no matter the context -- if they can understand what they are feeling, what makes them feel that way, and how to handle what they are feeling.

In the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab, we use multiple psychological research methods (i.e., self-report surveys and interviews, experiments, and observations) to understand how various socializing agents such as family, peers, and Internet media influence adolescent emotional development. More specifically, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab explores emotional socialization and development through the lens of ethnic minority identity/experiences in an attempt to develop culturally relevant models of emotional development. Emotions play a role in various aspects of our lives, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Lab acknowledges the impact of ethnic identity/experiences on our emotional development.