Robert Laird

Robert D. Laird, Ph.D.

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Coordinator,
Professor, Director of Applied
Developmental Psychology


Office: GP 2074
Phone: 504-280-5454

Families & Teens Laboratory
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Dr. Laird’s research interests center on the contexts in which children develop social and behavioral competencies with an emphasis on parent-child and peer relationships. He conducts research designed to understand family and peer relationship contributions to the development of social skills and problem behaviors. Specifically, he is interested in what parents do to influence their children’s peer relationships (intentionally or unintentionally) and what influences parenting and peer relationships have on the development of children and adolescents. In addressing these issues, Dr. Laird takes the position that family and peer relationships are multi-dimensional and bi-directional, and that findings must be interpreted within the larger developmental context.