Areas of Study

  • Clinical Science

Research Topics

  • Intimate partner violence (particularly husband to wife violence)
  • Interventions for separating or divorcing couples
  • Relationship distress and therapy

Research Interests

The research in our lab primarily focuses on understanding how to help families experiencing separation or divorce, particularly those families who have a history of intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A). We are particularly interested in testing family law interventions, to introduce evidence-based practice into family law courts. Thus, in one series of studies, we conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of legal interventions, such as family mediation or online parent education programs, to test their outcomes and improve their effectiveness among separating or divorcing couples. In another set of studies, we are interested in improving the IPV/A screening process within family mediation.

Past Affiliations

Professor, Cognitive Psychology

PhD, University of Washington, Clinical Psychology, 1988
MS, University of Washington, Clinical Psychology, 1984
BA, Brown University, Human Biology, 1981
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