Christopher Trentacosta

Associate Professor, Wayne State University

Wayne State University
Dept of Psychology
5057 Woodward Ave., 7th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202


Dr. Trentacosta’s research focuses on individual differences in temperament, personality, and self-regulation among at-risk children and the interplay between these individual differences and aspects of children’s social context, including the family context. He is especially interested in the roles of temperament, self-regulation, and emotion competence in children’s risk for behavior problems during early childhood and their adjustment to school. His prior research and ongoing work falls into three broad categories: (1) examinations of the correlates and outcomes of self-regulation and emotion competence from a developmental psychopathology perspective, (2) longitudinal investigations of family transmission mechanisms (genetic factors, dyadic interaction patterns) that contribute to emotion regulation difficulties and behavior problems, and (3) evaluations of programs to promote emotion competence, self-regulatory skills, and school adjustment and to prevent conduct problems. He has expertise in conducting longitudinal research with families living in poverty and other at-risk populations.