University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7920
Dr. Booth-LaForce is the Charles and Gerda Spence Endowed Professor in Nursing. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and an Affiliate of the Center on Human Development and Disability and Infant Mental Health and Development. Dr. Booth-LaForce's primary research interest is the social-emotional development of children. In longitudinal projects that follow children from infancy to adolescence, she investigates early experiences in various contexts to examine how these experiences affect children's development.
Dr. Booth-LaForce is one of the principal investigators of a 10-site national longitudinal study involving over 1200 families nationwide. In the study, she and her colleagues are using an ecological model to examine the effects of various aspects of child care, the home environment, school, and the out-of-school environment on children's cognition, language, social-emotional development, and health. In another longitudinal project, she is collaborating with other investigators to study the friendships and social-emotional adjustment of aggressive, socially withdrawn, and socially competent adolescents as they transition into high school.
Dr. Booth-LaForce also is studying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, and psychological and physiological processes in women’s transition through menopause. In her role as a Registered Yoga Teacher, she is studying yoga and Ayurveda-based meditation as possible therapies for menopausal symptoms.