Research

The Teens and Friends Project
The Teens and Friends Project is a longitudinal study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The project includes around 150 families with a teenager, ages 14-17 years, in the Dallas metroplex. This project is designed to help researchers, policy makers, and practitioners better understand teenagers and their relationships with their family and friends.

The Family Project
The Family Project is a longitudinal study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. The project includes over 650 families with school-aged children in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This project is designed to help researchers, policy makers and practitioners better understand how family interactions and family conflict can affect children’s adjustment.

The Preschool Cognition Project
The Preschool Cognition Project is a cross-sectional study designed to examine how certain family interactions and family conflict might affect children’s cognitive functioning. Although school-aged children’s cognitive performance has been shown to be negatively associated with family conflict, few studies have examined this association among preschool-aged children. Preschoolers (age 4-5) in our study perform a variety of cognitive, sensory, and knowledge-based tasks, while mothers provide information on various facets of home life, parent-child interactions, and child behaviors.

Safe Start Project Support
Safe Start Project Support is a longitudinal intervention study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The project offers diverse services to mothers and young children who have come to domestic violence shelters. Services begin following departure from the shelter, a point at which there is a clear gap in services for this group of women and children. The overarching objective of this research is to assist families characterized by domestic violence and to reduce the harmful effects of children's exposure to such violence.

Emotional Disclosure
The Emotional Disclosure for Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence Project is a short term intervention study. Empirical research indicates that disclosure about personal traumatic events can yield many health and psychological benefits. However, the bulk of this research has been conducted with adults. The aim of the current research is to determine whether emotional disclosure yields the same therapeutic benefits for young adolescents exposed to domestic violence.