Dr. Michael Morales
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Health
Project Director for the Third Age Adult Day Center
Project Director for the Traumatic Brain Injury Center
I am a developmental psychologist with a primary research focus on the development of emotion regulation skills during the infancy and early childhood period. My research has focused on normative changes in emotion regulation, as well as on the development of individual differences in emotion regulation behavior. The latter focus of my work has led to my considering how children’s experiences with their parents, how children’s temperament, and how contextual influences, beyond the home environment, might lead to stylistic differences in how children go about regulating their emotional state. I have also examined how children’s early nonverbal communication skills influence their ability to regulate emotion, and what types of behavioral strategies young children use to regulate emotion.
Most recently, I have been examining emotion regulation in the college student population. In addition to my research interests, I serve as the director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Health, and project director for the Third Age Adult Day Center and the Traumatic Brain Injury Center, two programs which provide services within the center. The mission of the Center for Neurobehavioral Health is to provide comprehensive services of the highest quality to people in our community and the greater North Country region whose lives have been affected by neurologically-based disorders. For more information about the center and its programs, please see https://www.plattsburgh.edu/about/centers/cnbh/index.html