Karla Klein Murdock, Ph.D.
Washington and Lee University
My research addresses how stressful experiences can influence the emergence of problems in psychological functioning during the course of development. I am particularly interested in the interplay between mental and physical health. My research has examined stressors related to chronic illnesses and socioeconomic disadvantage, as well as normative developmental stressors associated with technology use in adolescence. My current research examines how adolescents’ and emerging adults’ cellphone use habits are associated with their sleep quality and psychological well-being.
The developmental psychopathology theoretical framework guides my work in two important ways: