Project BRIDGE

Biobehavioral Research In Different Generational Experiences

Project BRIDGE involves a multidisciplinary team from the fields of psychology, engineering, cardiology, and communications working together to develop new methods of studying the parent-adolescent relationship within the context of the family. The project will follow a community sample of 200 middle-school students and their families through two sessions of data collection, each spaced one year apart. Project BRIDGE will be featuring several new approaches including:

  • Recently-designed wireless EKG monitors and paralinguistic voice analysis systems to discreetly capture the emotional reactivity of family members as they discuss common child-related topics such as chores, curfews, and friends
  • Innovative semi-structured interviews and emotion reporting techniques that get to the core of understanding parent-adolescent conflict
  • Cognitive assessments and multi-faceted survey batteries that examine such topics as parenting stressors, relationship dynamics, and overall functioning

The primary goal of our research is the creation of user-friendly and unobtrusive monitoring systems that will allow psychologists to measure behavioral and physiological responses among family members in more natural and realistic settings. In addition, we believe our findings will help better explain the evolving parent-child dynamics as children grow into teenagers.

Wireless Communication and Networking Group - Project BRIDGE

U of R Press Release

Mother and Daughter smiling

Official Title: Emotional Processes in Families: New Methods Capturing Multiple Levels of Analysis

Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Amount Funded:

$3,352,922 for period of 2010-2015

Principal Investigators:

Melissa Sturge-Apple, Ph.D.
Patrick Davies, Ph.D.
Mark Bocko, Ph.D.
Zeljko Ignjatovic, Ph.D.
Wendi Heinzelman, Ph.D.
Spencer Rosero, M.D.