Krystal Mize Research

Welcome To the
Evolutionary Developmental Psychology (EDP) Lab
At Florida Gulf Coast University!

Research Interests

Krystal D. Mize is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department and the Director of the EDP Lab at Florida Gulf Coast University. With consideration of the role of evolutionary and developmental forces on the social brain, she primarily studies social relationships and emotions. Her past psychological research has spanned the lifespan—from womb to tomb. Dr. Mize has publications on infant and child emotional development, touch and mindfulness interventions, and intimate partner homicide. Because of the broad and diverse range of topics that are studied by Dr. Mize, her Research Assistants affectionately refer to the lab as "The Everything Lab".   

Participate in a Research Study

We are continuously creating ways for children and adults to contribute to the exciting world of science.

  • If your child is 4- to 8-years-old, we would love to talk to you about joining our emotion development study:
    • Your participation could help increase awareness of how neurodivergent (ASD) and neurotypical children recognize and understand emotions.
  • We are also working on an interview project about posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) syndrome.
    • For this project, we need your help to raise awareness of PCA if you are an:
      • individual diagnosed with PCA or their care partner 
      • a medical professional who research or treats individuals living with PCA

Data collection will begin soon for the following lines of research:

  • Differential parental investment and family relationships
  • Early emotion development (infant jealousy)

Click the button below to learn more about our research projects!


Research Projects

Join the Research Team

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. It is a multifaceted discipline with many subfields. Dr. Mize has a deep appreciation for the benefit of integrating multiple levels of analysis in her research. This means that students who work in the lab have opportunities to explore various topics related to developmental psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, and more. If you have interests in learning more about the exciting world of behavioral science research, check out the Research Assistants page for information about joining our research team.



To Learn More or To Schedule a Visit, Contact Dr. Mize.

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Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology
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