Current Projects

Evaluation of Second Step Family Videos to Promote Child Personal Safety (Drs. Jennifer Livingston, Amanda Nickerson, and Katy Allen)

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 3.02.32 PM.pngThis mixed-method project will evaluate a series of family videos designed by the Committee for Children for the Second Step Child Protection Unit to help parents of young children to talk to their children about personal safety and child sexual abuse (CSA). The study consists of (a) a randomized control trial evaluating the effectiveness of the videos in promoting parental communication about CSA and the mechanisms through which this occurs; and (b) focus group interviews with parents to assess their reactions to the
videos and to provide feedback for video development and implementation.

Developmental Pathways of Violence and Substance Use in a High Risk Sample (with Research Institute on Addictions - Dr. Amanda Nickerson, Dr. Rina Eiden, Chelsea Schnorrbusch)

gun.jpgThis is a multi-method, longitudinal study of developmental pathways to violence/victimization and substance use (VVSU) as risks for gun violence, in a sample characterized by high pre- and post-natal risks. The study focuses on two major pathways. The first is a reactive aggressive pathway and the second is a proactive aggression pathway. The role of community risk factors will be explored.

Bystander Intervention in Bullying

iStock_000021122207Small.jpgBullying is now recognized as a group process where peers witness the majority of incidents. Our research examines the extent to which variables such as empathy, relationships with parents, norms, and affiliations with peers predict intervening (directly or indirectly) with bullying. We have also developed and validated a measure of the bystander intervention model for bullying and sexual harassment.

Impact of Bullying (Dr. Amanda Nickerson, Dr. Jennifer Livingston, Melissa Dudley)

Impact.jpgSeveral studies are investigating the impact of bullying in terms of social-emotional adjustment, relationships, mental health, and perceptions of school climate. In collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Livingston and her colleagues at the Research Institute on Addictions, we are collaborating on a five-year longitudinal study funded by NIAA to study the circumstances under which peer victimization is deleterious and for whom, as well as potential protective factors that can be targeted for intervention.

PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Program Evaluation (Dr. Amanda Nickerson, Erin Cook, Samantha Vanhout, Sebastian Cheong)

PREPaREBrochureCover.pngThe PREPaRE curriculum was developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in order to provide training for school personnel in crisis prevention and intervention. Continued evaluation is an integral piece of the PREPaRE model and is used to further refine training and curriculum. Our research studies have indicated high amounts of participation satisfaction as well as significant increases in knowledge and attitudes toward crisis prevention and intervention. Click here for more information on the PREPaRE curriculum, training, or workshops.