Monica Lawson

Monica Lawson

mlawson5@nd.edu

Profile

My research interests are in the broad areas of autobiographical memory development and child maltreatment. The goals of my research are to (1) contribute to theoretical understanding of cognitive and sociocultural factors that influence children’s autobiographical memory and (2) to apply findings towards establishing and refining empirically supported interviewing methods that bolster the reliability of children’s forensic reports. As a graduate student, I investigated the role of dyadic conversations on the reliability of children’s event reports as well as children’s recollection of conversations. As a postdoctoral fellow, I am working with Dr. Kristin Valentino to expand my applied forensic interest in children’s memory to examining autobiographical memory development within the context of maltreatment. Using a developmental psychopathology perspective and the sociocultural theory of autobiographical memory development, I am currently investigating mother-child reminiscing among dyads with and without substantiated maltreatment histories with a specific focus on the influence of maternal and child attachment quality on reminiscing and children’s autobiographical memory.