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Clare M. Mehta, PhD

The Lifespan Lab at Emmanuel College

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Welcome to the Lifespan Lab at Emmanuel College!

In the Lifespan lab at Emmanuel College our goal is to meaningfully contribute to scientific knowledge on how sex and gender impact social development across the lifespan by conducting quality theoretically-driven research. 

Information on individual members of the lifespan lab, including Dr. Mehta, who leads the lab can be found using the "about us" tab to the left. 

 Sarah Hamilton, Tina Guzman,and Dr.Mehta


In the lifespan lab we collaborate with colleagues at Boston Children's Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and West Virginia University.  

Rebecca Delaney, now at West Virginia University in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology PhD program 
Current Projects

Current projects in the lab include:

The Facebook Study
We are investigating how biological sex impacts our friendships and interactions on Facebook. 

The Adult Friendship Study
We are investigating how biological sex impacts friendships across the lifespan. We are currently recruiting adults aged 30 and older. 

Social Contexts, Mood, and Substance Use (AKA the IPod Study)
We are investigating how young peoples real life social contexts impact their substance use behaviors.

If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please contact Gianna Gambardella, the Lifespan Lab Coordinator at