Ph.D. Iowa State University
Areas of Specialization:
One of my current areas of research examines the link between dating violence and substance use. I am also interested in the circumstances surrounding teen violent and non-violent dating relationships as well as how positive aspects of an adolescent’s life, such as school attachment and parent and peer support, may buffer against experiencing dating violence. Recently completed research projects include: Social Networks and HIV Risk Behavior among Homeless Youth funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Neglect and Abuse Histories among Homeless Young Adults which was a K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). I have several publications from these projects including the formation and composition of social networks, service utilization among homeless youth, the effects of social network characteristics on risky sexual and drug related behaviors, bidirectional partner violence, discrepancies in child abuse reporting, self-mutilation, and sexual and physical victimization among homeless young adults. In addition to these projects, I have also published in the area of substance use, risk factors for running away, victimization, and child abuse using large national data sets. Finally, other published works include violence against separated, divorced, and married women and more recently, pregnancy and intimate partner violence.