The Child Development Lab is dedicated to exploring how children grow and learn. Our goal is to provide valuable information about children’s cognitive and social development that parents, educators, and researchers can use. There are many exciting projects underway and others being developed, and families in the community are vital contributors to our projects.

Questions being addressed in our research include the following:

  • How do children talk about positive and negative experiences with others?
  • How can we ask children about their experiences to help them remember (and say) more?
  • How well do children of different ages answer questions about time (how many times, how often, when, and how long ago and event occurred)?

Children and families are involved as participants in projects that address these questions. They thoroughly enjoy being a part of our projects, and often come back repeatedly to help with different studies. 

The Child Developmental Lab is supervised by Dr. Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at UCI. She has been conducting research for over 15 years and is recognized as a leading researcher and significant contributor to the field of child development. Several dedicated graduate and postdoctoral researchers, and a team of highly skilled undergraduate assistants help on current projects and pursue new ones while members of our lab.

If you would like to learn more about our projects, including how your child can become involved, please contact Dr. Quas at You can also call us at 949-824-9577.

Thank you for your interest in our work, and we look forward to hearing from you.