Risk to Resilience Lab

Risk to Resilience Lab

The overarching theme of our research focuses on the family processes that contribute to the development of/or protection against psychopathology. We also have an abiding interest in the study of resilience--uncovering the protective factors that allow children to overcome the risks associated with family stress and trauma will help us to design intervention and prevention programs that are developmentally sensitive and effective in real-world settings.

Our most active current research project is an extension of our recent study, From Risk to Resilience (R2R). This study, entitled Adolescents Coping with Experiences Study (ACES), was recently funding by the National Institutes of Justice and will begin in May 2015. Like Risk to Resilience, the ACES study is an investigation of the underlying developmental mechanisms that account for the relationship between childhood trauma and adolescent delinquency. We will investigate how a variety of interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, and psychophysiological variables, along with posttraumatic stress and previous trauma exposure, might contribute to risk or resilience among juvenile justice-involved youth. The ACES study will also pay particular attention to how these variables of interest might be differentiated by gender. Our data collection takes place at the Salt Lake Valley Juvenile Detention Center.