My research examines how children and adolescents think about themselves and the people around them. I’m interested in how children develop a sense of who they are and how that does and does not align with how others see them. I study how children think about social groups, like those based on race and gender. Much of my most recent work has focused on sex and gender diverse children with ongoing longitudinal projects exploring gender development and well-being in transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex children. Other lines of work in my lab are exploring the development of racial attitudes, how children think about inequality, and how people mentally represent human diversity. My team draws on methods and theories from social, developmental, clinical, and cognitive psychology.
Gülgöz, S., Glazier, J. J., Enright, E. A., Alonso, D. J., Durwood, L. J., Fast, A. A., ... & Olson, K. R. (2019). Similarity in transgender and cisgender children’s gender development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(49), 24480-24485.
Durwood, L., McLaughlin, K. A., & Olson, K. R. (2017). Mental health and self-worth in socially transitioned transgender youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(2), 116-123.