Current Projects

Mom Power

This study will help us learn whether a group-based, relationship-focused parenting invention, Mom Power, can help improve mental health, parenting stress, child behavior, and the body’s response to stress.

For this project, we partner with Educare New Orleans and Kingsley House, two Head Start centers here in New Orleans, along with other community partners in the city. Mothers will be invited to participate in group sessions through their Head Start centers. The program is 10 weeks and focuses on building mothers’ social support, coping skills, and understanding of their children’s behavior. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently piloting a virtual adaptation of Mom Power. If you are interested in being contacted to see if you are eligible for studies in our lab please fill out the contact form linked here.

Please contact us at or 504-206-2910 if you have questions about this study.  Here is a link to the flyer.

The Parent and Child Coping Study

momchildIn this study, we have been focused on understanding more about how parents and children cope with stressful life events, as well as what family and child factors support adaptation in the face of stressors.

Several years back, we collected data with over 170 children ages 3-5 and their mothers. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and national uprising against systemic racism, we followed up with mothers who previously completed this study. We asked them how they experienced stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic and racism and discrimination and how they, their child, and their family coped. This COVID-19 follow up for The Parent and Child Coping Study is complete and we are currently analyzing the data.

Please contact our team at or 504-206-2910 with any questions about this study!

Here’s a link to a flyer for this study.