Risk to Resilience LabRisk 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, From Risk to Resilience, is an investigation of the underlying developmental mechanisms that account for the relationship between childhood trauma and adolescent delinquency. As outlined in Kerig and Becker (2010), we are investigating posttraumatic interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, and psychophysiological variables that might contribute to risk or resilience among juvenile justice-involved youth, with particular attention to how these might be differentiated by gender. Our data collection takes place at the Salt Lake Valley Juvenile Detention Center where, to date, over 500 youth and parents have participated.