Dyadic Synchrony as a Mechanism of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT): A Neuroscience-Based Approach

Project: Research project

Project Details


The proposed study will examine dyadic synchrony, neurally and behaviorally, as a mechanism of PCIT treatment effects. As Co-I of the proposed study, Laurie Wakschlag will bring her seasoned expertise to bear, particularly in developmentally-sensitive measurement of preschoolers’ disruptive behavior and parent-child relationships. In particular, she will advise and collaborate on neural synchrony assessments using the DB-DOS platform, as well as guidance on the behavioral coding of dyadic synchrony. We will draw on systems being used in our When to Worry Study of infant irritability (on which PI Perlman is a Co-I), that include both global and moment-to-moment coding of dyadic synchrony. PI Perlman and Dr. Wakschlag have a strong collaborative relationship. Wakschlag will lend this expertise as well as lend the resources of her Developmental Mechanisms Program in observational coding to support the work of the proposed study. She will participate in regular investigator calls, and manuscript preparation.
Effective start/end date8/15/19 → 6/30/21


  • Washington University in St. Louis (WU-20-123 // 7R21MH115088-02)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (WU-20-123 // 7R21MH115088-02)


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