Dr. Molnar is a social/personality psychologist. At the broadest level, her research is focused on understanding the biological, psychological, social, and developmental factors that contribute to health and well-being across the lifespan, with a particular focus on early and middle childhood. Dr. Molnar’s specific interests include understanding the role of social-personality vulnerability factors, especially perfectionism, in the etiology, promotion, and maintenance of physical health and well-being. Dr. Molnar is also interested in examining potential etiological processes in the development of risk and resilience among children in high-risk samples, with a specific emphasis on the role of the prenatal environment. Outcomes of interest include the salient developmental outcomes at each age, ranging from the quality of parent-child relationships, security of attachment, and physiological and behavioural regulation in infancy, the development of self-regulation in the toddler/ preschool period, and social competence and peer relationships upon entry into the school setting.
Dr. Molnar has a passion for statistics and a solid background in quantitative methods. She teaches foundational statistics courses at both the graduate and the undergraduate level and is particularly interested in statistical modeling, dyadic data analysis, and longitudinal data analyses. Please visit Dr. Molnar’s lab website.