Areas of Expertise and Experience

    Children and Adolescents
    • Social-emotional learning
    • Emotional competence
    • Social cognitive functioning
    • Aggression, violence, and delinquency
    • Children’s peer relationships including peer rejection, friendships, and antisocial networks
    • Coping with stress
    • Exposure to violence
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Kindergarten readiness
    • Peer group deviancy training and deviant peer networks
    • Social skills assessment and training
    • Cognitive, motor, and perceptual development in infancy and childhood
    • Academic achievement
    • Violence prevention
    • Victimization assessment, prevention, intervention, and epidemiology
    • Adolescent pregnancy, parenting, and sexual decision-making
    • Substance use prevention (e.g., preventing underage drinking, cognitive-behavioral programs, media literacy)
    • Adolescent substance abuse treatment (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral programs)
    • Media influences on children and adolescence
    • Mindfulness
    • Youth mentoring
    • Youth development
    Parenting & Families
    • Parental involvement, education, and training
    • Adolescent pregnancy, parenting, and sexual decision-making
    • Maternal substance abuse
    • Treatment courts (adult, mental health, DWI/DUI, family dependency, and youth)
    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
    • Basic Research
      • Contexts of alcohol initiation
      • Motivations for use of alcohol and marijuana
      • Social information processing and onset of alcohol use
      • Psychological functioning and drug decision making in young adult heroin addicts
      • Adolescent substance use and abuse epidemiology
    • Prevention
      • Video-based narrative, media education interventions
      • Community coalition development, technical assistance, and evaluation
      • Prevention of underage drinking policy and program development
      • Media literacy, substance abuse prevention program development and evaluation with elementary, middle, and high school students
      • Health care provider training for detection and prevention of FASD-program development, monitoring, and evaluation
      • Innovations in cognitive-behavioral skills based curriculum development
      • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) prevention with substance abusing, pregnant women-program development, monitoring, and evaluation
      • Environmental interventions for preventing substance use
      • Parent advocate training, program monitoring, and evaluation for child abuse prevention
      • Mindfulness substance abuse and academic functioning prevention program development and evaluation for elementary and middle school students
    • Treatment
      • Adolescent substance use and abuse customized computerized screening and assessment tools
      • Development and evaluation of motivational interviewing/cognitive-behavioral substance abuse group therapy treatment manual for incarcerated youth
      • Development and evaluation of motivational interviewing/cognitive-behavioral substance abuse individual therapy treatment manual for community-based youth in the juvenile justice system
      • Drug treatment courts-process and outcome evaluations, training, and technical assistance (adult, mental health, family dependency, DWI/DUI, and youth)
      • Maternal substance abuse treatment
    Mental Health
    • Basic Research
      • Epidemiology of mental health problems and comorbidity of youth involved in the juvenile justice system
      • Risk and protective factors for delinquency
      • Social information processing and emotional functioning of aggressive and delinquent youth
      • Subtypes of aggressive behavior among delinquent youth
      • Peer and familial relationships and aggression
      • Social skills and children’s mental health
    • Assessment
      • Web-based assessment of social information processing skills
      • Web-based assessment of facial & body emotion recognition skills
      • Customized computer screening and assessment of mental health problems of youth involved in the juvenile justice system (both incarcerated and community-based samples)
      • Development of standardized screening and assessment policies and procedures for youth involved in the juvenile justice system
      • Children’s social skills
    • Treatment
      • Cognitive-behavioral interventions for subtypes of aggressive youth
      • Cognitive-behavioral interventions for enhancing children’s social skills
      • Mental health courts - process evaluation
    Juvenile Justice
    • Child and adolescent aggression, violence, and delinquency
    • Standardized mental health and substance abuse screening protocol development and monitoring
    • Program development, monitoring, and technical assistance
    • Aggression treatment development, training, and evaluation
    • Youth drug treatment courts evaluation and training
    Criminal Justice
    • Drug treatment courts (adult, family, DWI/DUI, and youth) evaluation
    • Corrections-based substance abuse treatment
    Violence
    • Child and adolescent violence prevention
    • Child and adolescent aggression, violence, and delinquency
    • Subtypes of aggressive and violent behavior
    • Victimization assessment, prevention, intervention, and epidemiology
    • Community-based approaches to preventing and treating youth problem behaviors
    • Promotion of healthy relationships and prevention of dating violence
    Child Abuse
    • Parent training for prevention of child maltreatment
    • Standardized assessment of abused children
    • Development of research infrastructure for trauma treatment facility
    • Evaluation plan development for National Center on Child Traumatic Stress
    • Parent advocate training, program monitoring, and evaluation for child abuse prevention
    Developmental Disabilities
    • Evaluation of person-centered planning with developmentally disabled adults
    • Social cognitive and social skills deficits among children with a developmental disability
    • Coping with peer problems in children with a developmental disability
    • Parental socialization of how to cope with peer problems in children with a developmental disability
    • Parenting and familial supports of the adaptation and social functioning of children with a development disability