I have been conducting research on the problem of intimate partner violence for over 30 years, including examining the social skills deficits of violent husbands and identifying subtypes of male batterers. For nearly ten years, I have been conducting research on family law, including developing and testing the best methods of screening for intimate partner violence in family mediation settings and conducting randomized controlled trials testing the effectiveness of various family law interventions (for example, different mediation approaches and online parent education programs). My research is currently conducted in various locations, including the Indiana University Law School Family and Child Mediation Clinic, the Washington DC Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Center, and family courts in Indiana. I am a Principle Investigator on a recently completed National Institute of Justice funded research project comparing the outcomes of shuttle mediation, videoconferencing mediation, and return to court (without mediation) for parties who have a history of high levels of intimate partner violence.
What I want to achieve:
Ultimately, I hope that our research will help families who are experiencing divorce and parental separation better to navigate that often challenging transition in ways that minimize negative consequences for both the parents and children involved. I also hope to help family law practitioners appreciate the importance of selecting interventions based on empirical studies demonstrating that the interventions actually work; in other words, I hope to generate excitement about evidence based practice in family law.
Awards & accomplishments:
Indiana University Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award, with Amy G. Applegate.
Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, AFCC).
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS).