Chair and Professor of Psychology
Paul Hastings received his degree from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the impact of stressors on child and adolescent well-being, and the effects of poverty on physiological reactivity, regulation and development of mental and physical health problems.
In particular, his research centers around understanding the ways in which biological and environmental factors shape the trajectories of childrens emotional and social development. This focus encompasses normal and adaptive development, such as the physiological arousal experienced by healthy and well-functioning children when they experience various emotions. It also extends to atypical and maladaptive development, such as the difficulties experienced by anxious children when they enter a daycare or preschool, if their parents have not effectively prepared them for these kinds of social and academic challenges.
Among the lines of research in development for Hastings are (a) the development of individual differences in the relations between emotion, physiological regulation and temperament and their implications for childrens emotional and behavioral problems; (b) gender differences in biology and socialization experiences contributing to divergent trajectories of prosocial development; © the implications of the early development of emotion regulation for social competence, school readiness and academic success; (d) the links between family and peer relationships and the mental health and well-being of sexual minority youth from ethnic and cultural minority groups; and (e) parents strategies for promoting childrens positive development across structurally and sociodemographically diverse family contexts.