Training Track: Clinical
Lab: Risk and Resilience Lab
Advisor: Maryse Richards, Ph.D.
Office: Coffey 201
Webpage: Research Gate, LinkedIn
Franklin and Marshall College, BA in Psychology
My research generally focuses on discovering protective factors and assessing interventions and coping strategies for reducing externalizing problems in underserved youth exposed to trauma. My dissertation investigates the implementation of Restorative Justice and other alternative discipline practices in schools as methods to reduce disproportionate exclusionary punishments for minority youth and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. I am clinically interested in treating youth experiencing severe anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, or trauma, using interventions such as DBT, TF-CBT, and PCIT.
Masters Thesis Title
Coping with Exposure to Community Violence: Assessing the Role of Avoidance in Reducing Delinquency and Aggression in Low-Income Urban Adolescents
Masters Thesis Abstract
Exposure to community violence has disabling effects on the mental health of youth in the US, with high rates of exposure for African American adolescents from underserved, urban communities. Past literature suggests that avoidant coping, specifically behavioral avoidance, may be most useful for youth exposed to uncontrollable stress. The current study assessed the utility of coping strategies in reducing aggression and delinquency in 267 sixth through eighth grade African American youth. First, confirmatory factor analyses revealed a three-factor structure of coping: cognitive approach, behavioral approach, and avoidance. Next, moderated moderation findings showed that for boys, avoidance and approach strategies increased risk for delinquency and aggression. For girls, high use of avoidance was protective, while low use of avoidance and approach was harmful. These results suggest that in general, more coping is helpful for girls but unhelpful for boys. This research enhances understanding of how youth adaptively cope with community violence.
Masters Thesis Committee
Maryse Richards, Ph.D., Noni Gaylord-Harden, Ph.D.
Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Systematic Review of Alternative and Exclusionary Discipline Practices to Promote School Climate and Equity
Maryse Richards, Ph.D., Catherine Santiago, Ph.D., Yael Granot, Ph.D., & Pamela Fenning, Ph.D.