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Laurie Chassin, PhD, Regents Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. Research Interests: Adolescent risk and resilience; and transitions from adolescence to adulthood. Longitudinal studies of the intergenerational transmission of substance use and cigarette smoking, and adolescents in high-risk families, resistance among serious juvenile offenders. Projects/Lab: Pathways of Risk and Resilience Lab.
William Corbin, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Training. Research Interests: The goals of Dr. Corbin's program of research are 1) to improve our understanding of factors that lead to the development of alcohol-related problems; and 2) to develop effective programs for reducing alcohol-related harm. The first aim is met through a combination of a) longitudinal survey research on risk factors for heavy drinking, b) laboratory-based research on the relation between subjective response to alcohol and risk for alcohol-related problems, and c) laboratory-based research on the effects of alcohol on risk-taking. The second aim is met through prevention outcome studies targeting alcohol use and associated harms. Projects/Labs: Behavioral Alcohol Research for Clinical Advancement (BARCA) Laboratory.
Keith Crnic, PhD, Foundation Professor. Research Interests: Parent-child interaction, parenting, and family process predictions to emerging behavior problems in young children. The nature of stress in parent-child relationships and its influence on child and family functioning. Projects/Labs: Parent-Child Relations Lab.
Mary Davis, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Situational, personality, and hormonal responses to stress and coronary heart disease in women. Projects/Labs: Emotion Regulation and Health.
Thomas Dishion, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: translational research on relationship dynamics associated with child, adolescent and young adult mental health and competence. His research focuses on peer, family and romantic relationship dynamics underlying the development of psychopathology and competence. His work uses various methods including longitudinal studies, observational and social neuroscience techniques such as high-density array EEG. His intervention research involves the design and testing of empirically supported interventions such as the Family Check-up, and identifying intervention strategies that are potentially iatrogenic to youth development. Projects/Labs: Relationships Dynamics Lab.
Nancy Gonzales, PhD, Women and Philanthropy Dean's Distinguished Professor. Research Interests: Cultural and contextual influences on adolescent mental health. Her work includes research on the role of neighborhood disadvantage and acculturation on children's mental health and on how these influences are mediated or moderated by family processes within Mexican American and African American families. She also is involved in the development and evaluation of culturally sensitive interventions for Mexican American and African American families.Areas include: Culture / Ethnic Issues in Prevention Research; Prevention of Mexican American School Dropout and Mental Health Problems; Acculturation and Enculturation of Mexican American Children and Families; Contextual Influences on Adolescent Development. Projects/Labs: Culture and Prevention Research Lab.
Paul Karoly, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: The development and use of a cognitive-motivational perspective applied to normal and abnormal adjustment and to physical health and physical illness. The model, called the goal, self-regulatory, automatized social systems perspective (GRASSP), seeks to understand humans as self-regulating systems organized around explicit and implicit goals. The model focuses not only on the functional capacities of human self-regulating systems (such as attention, memory, monitoring of self and environment, etc.) but on the content, structure, and operational dynamics of goals themselves. The conceptual model is currently being applied across a variety of domains including: health and clinical psychology, clinical assessment, personality, educational and vocational psychology. Projects/Labs: Star Gate Lab.
Linda Luecken, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Health Psychology, Women's Health. Social, developmental, and personality predictors of cardiovascular and hormonal stress reactivity and vulnerability to stress-related illnesses. Projects/Labs: Postpartum Depression in low-income and ethnic minority women; Long-term physiological and health correlates of childhood adversity; and Health risk and protective factors associated with parental death or divorce. Health & Coping Lab, Resilience Solutions Group.
Suniya Luthar, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Developmental psychopathology and resilience among children and families at risk; psychosocial risks and unacknowledged pressures for children of affluent, highly educated parents. Projects/Labs: Luthar Lab.
Madeline Meier, PhD, Assistant Professor. Research Interests: Developmental psychopathology of externalizing disorders; neuropsychological consequences of adolescent substance abuse; and cerebrovascular mechanisms linking substance abuse, neuropsychological impairment, and psychiatric disorder. Projects/Labs: Substance Use, Health, and Behavior Laboratory.
Marisol Perez, PhD, Associate Professor. Research Interests: Bulimia nervosa and the development/implementation of a cognitive dissonance eating disorder prevention program for college women; family-based needs assessment on adult and childhood obesity. Projects/Labs: Eating Pathology Lab.
Sharlene Wolchik, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: The primary goal of Dr. Wolchik’s research is to advance our understanding of vulnerability and resilience among at-risk youths. Over the last 25 years, she has conducted research to identify modifiable individual- and family-level processes that promote positive adaptation to parental divorce or parental death. She has developed empirically-based interventions to prevent the onset and/or exacerbation of problem outcomes for youths who experience these family disruptions. Randomized experimental trials have shown significant benefits of these programs on a wide array of mental and physical health outcomes. Short- and long-term follow-up studies have shown that these positive effects last up to 15 years after participation. Her program for divorced families, the New Beginnings Program, has been recognized as a model program by the National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs and Blueprints for Health Youth Development. Dr. Wolchik is committed to bringing these evidence-based programs into real-world settings so that more children and families can benefit. Projects/Labs: Prevention Programs for At-risk Youths.
Affiliated Clinical Faculty and Research Interests
Leah Doane, PhD, Associate Professor (Developmental/Clinical). Research Interests: Daily stress experiences in adolescence and young adulthood, ecological momentary assessment of emotions and physiological stress activity, social-emotional influences on trajectories of physical and mental health over the transition to adulthood. Projects/Labs: Adolescent Stress and Emotion Lab.
Kathy Lemery, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Developmental behavior genetic approach, individual differences in appropriate and inappropriate emotional responding, risk and resiliency, parent and sibling influences, context effects, person-environment transactions, behavioral and biological measures. Projects/Labs: Child Emotion Center.
Armando Pina, PhD, Associate Professor (Clinical/Developmental). Research Interests: Intra-individual level risk factors in the development of anxiety disorders in youth and the evaluation of psychosocial preventive and treatment interventions for use with this population. Dr. Pina's work integrates ethnocultural and child-adolescent anxiety research and is aimed at developing empirically informed, culturally robust assessment and intervention strategies for culturally diverse youth.
Clark Presson, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Development of spatial knowledge and reasoning, the use of spatial symbols, applications of cognitive development to child and adolescent health psychology, and processes of initiation of cigarette smoking.
Manuel Barrera, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Prevention and behavioral treatment for type 2 diabetes, social support interventions, behavioral health interventions for Latino families.
Richard Lanyon, PhD, Professor. Research Interests: Psychological assessment in general and personality assessment in particular, focusing on areas that are relevant to psychology and law. Current projects involve the development and validation of methods to assess response distortions (“misrepresentation”) during assessments in various forensic contexts, such as personal injury claimants, major felons, divorce/custody situations, etc. Projects: Validity of the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding and the Paulhus Deception Scales in forensic assessment; Development and validation of a measure of extreme virtue for the Multidimensional Health Profile Cognitive set; secondary gain, and progress in physical rehabilitation.