The development of aggression and pathological personality laboratory.
Aggression is the intent to threaten, harm, or injure another person's well-being. Aggression can take on two forms (overt and relational), and two functions (proactive and overt).
Personality can be defined as the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of an individual that are fairly stable across time and space. I focus on the 'dark triad' of personality, which consists of three socially malevolent personality traits, namely psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and narcissism. I also examine borderline personality, as the construct often overlaps with features of the dark triad.
Current projects are:
Personality and the subtypes of aggression
Laboratory Study on Hostile Attribution Biases
Dark Parenting and Psychopathology
I actively mentor several undergraduate students in their pursuit of independent research projects. Current projects that we have are:
The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health
Eating Disorders and Greek Life
Attitudes Towards Police
Humor and Mental Health
Dr. Katherine Lau
PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology
University of New Orleans, 2013
MSc, Applied Developmental Psychology
University of New Orleans, 2010
University of British Columbia, 2004
My primary area of research is the development of personality, aggression, and violence. As a developmental psychopathologist, I believe callous-unemotional traits, narcissistic traits, and borderline personality triats can help identify youths at-risk for aggression and problem behavior.
Hailing from the west coast, I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Oneonta.
I primarily teach courses in Research Methods and Design, Personality Theory, Child Development, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Advanced Abnormal Psychology, and Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Does Parental Relational Aggression Interact with Parental Psychological Control to Predict Relational Aggression in Youth?
Journal of Deviant Behavior, 37, 904-916
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We sought to explore the differential associations of callous-unemotional traits, narcissistic traits, and Machiavellian traits on overt aggression, relational aggression, delinquency, behaioral dysregulation, and emotional dysregulation in a community sample of boys and girls [...]
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We are located at SUNY College at Oneonta
180 Ravine Pkwy, Oneonta, NY 13820, Fitzelle Hall, Department of Psychology
Dapper.Lab at oneonta.edu