Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, University of Melbourne
The broad area of my expertise is the development of social behaviour, interpersonal relationships, and emotional functioning in childhood and early adolescence, with emphasis on interpersonal and environmental influences on child development. The specific area of my expertise the interpersonal and emotional developmental pathways of social anxious or withdrawn children over time.
When parents observe shyness in their child, they may wonder if it is normal or cause for concern. For instance, in social situations, the child may cling to their parent, be hesitant to speak, reluctant to interact with...