About Us

Dr. Lenna Ontai’s Parenting and Child Health and Development Lab at UC Davis focuses on studying focuses on the study of early socialization processes between parents and young children to understand how they shape children’s health and development, as well as how contextual factors, such as culture and income, affect these processes.   We engage in the generation of independent research as well as translation and dissemination of existing and emerging research in the areas of parenting and health in early childhood through the University of California Cooperative Extension system.