College of Human Environmental Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Laird is professor and chair of the Department of Human Development and Families Studies. His specific research interests focus on family and peer relationship contributions to children’s development of social and behavioral competencies and he has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers appearing in such journals as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Adolescence. He also has served as associate editor of Developmental Psychology and on grant proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. The National Science Foundation and the W. T. Grant Foundation have funded his recent research projects.