|Title:||Professor, Clinical Psychology; Affiliated with Developmental Psychology Program; Ph.D.|
Ph.D., University of Chicago
The focus of my research has been on the daily experience and mental health and well being of adolescents with the extensive use of a time sampling technique called the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). In the last decade my focus has been on the health, and mental health of low income, urban African American youth. Two large NIMH funded data sets have allowed the examination of multiple relevant constructs by my students and me in the form of publications, master’s theses, and dissertations. Focused more specifically on exposure to violence, in particular, community violence, and what contributes to it, as well as the effects of exposure, one dataset is composed of a cross sectional sample of 5th through 8th grade students and the other consists of a longitudinal study starting with 6th grade and following the students once a year through the 8th grade.
More recently my work has branched out to other health concerns such as asthma and obesity, two of the other major health challenges of low income urban youth. Working with a colleague in the School of Nursing, she and I are leading a 4 year National Institute of Nursing Health grant studying the effects of a Coping Skills Training intervention to improve high school students’ asthma management capacities. With another colleague in the department of Psychology, Amy Bohnert, and colleagues at the Loyola Medical Center, we have developed a study of dietary intake and leisure time activity to understand obesity better. That grant proposal just received an excellent score from NIH and we are waiting the funding decision. My final project is focused on implementing evidence based psychotherapy for children suffering from PTSD in a community based mental health agency. Working with colleagues from CURL, the School of Social Work, and the agency, we have been attempting to obtain funds to move this project forward. Smaller projects include a study of service learning curriculum developed for middle school students and a study of an after school violence exposure intervention.
My work is highly collaborative and I invite students with interests in these areas to work with me.
Recent and In Press Publications:
Boyce, C.A., Robinson, W.L., & Richards, M.H. (in press, 2011) Introduction: Burgeoning directions for the prevention of youth violence. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. Special Issue: Innovative Community-based Approaches to Violence Prevention for Urban Youth.
Special Editor of Special Issue: With Cheryl A. Boyce and W. Lavome Robinson. Innovative Community-based Approaches to Violence Prevention for Urban Youth. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 2011.
Sweeney, C. Goldner, J., & Richards, M. (in press, 2011). Daily emotional experience and exposure to violence. Journal of prevention and Intervention in the Community. Special Issue: Innovative Community-based Approaches to Violence Prevention for Urban Youth.
Sanderson, R.C. & Richards, M. (2010) The after-school needs and resources of a Chicago
community: Surveying youth and parents for community change. American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 430-440.
Mandara, J., Gaylord-Harden, N.K., Richards, M.H., & Ragsdale, B.L. (2009).Ethnic Pride and Self-Esteem May Increase African American Adolescents Mental Health. Child Development, 80(6), 1660-1675.
Lyons, A.M., Leon, S.C., Zaddach, C., Luboyeski, E.J., & Richards, M. (2009). Predictors of clinically significant sexual concerns in a child welfare population. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 2(1), 28-45.
Bohnert, A. Richards, M., Kohl, K., & Randall, E. (2009). Relationships between discretionary time activities, emotional experiences, delinquency and depressive symptoms among urban African American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(4), 587-601.
Sanderson, R.C. & Richards, M. (in press, 2008) The after-school needs and resources of a Chicago community: Surveying youth and parents for community change. American Journal of Community Psychology.
Edlynn, E., Gaylord-Harden, N., & Richards, M. (2008) African American inner-City Youth Exposed to violence: Coping as a moderator for Anxiety. J. of Orthopsychiatry. 78(2), 249-258.
Ortiz, V., Richards, M., Kohl, K., & Zaddach, C. (2008) Trauma Symptoms among Urban African-American Young Adolescents: A Study of Daily Experience. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 1, 135-152.
Bohnert, A., Richards, M., Kolmodin, K., & Lakin, B. (2008). Urban African-American young adolescents' experience of discretionary time activities. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18(3), 517-539.
Li, S.T., Nussbaum, K.M., & Richards, M.H. (2007). Risk and protective factors for urban African-American youth. American Journal of Community Psychology, 39(1-2), 21-35.
Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Ragsdale, B. L., Mandara, J., Richards, M. H., & Petersen, A. C. (2007). Perceived support and internalizing symptoms in African American adolescents: Self-esteem and ethnic identity as mediators. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36(1), 77-88.