Research Areas of Specialization: Intervention and Prevention

In HDFS, intervention research is the science of designing, implementing, and evaluating a broad array of approaches for improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Typically, interventions in HDFS are developmental in focus, meaning they are designed to prevent problems or to enhance healthy development, rather than to remediate long-standing personal, relational, or family problems. HDFS interventions often target the contexts in which people develop including families, schools, health and human service agencies, workplaces, and communities.

Linda Collins
Measurement and analysis of change in human behavior and ability; research methods; design, and statistics; mathematical models of adolescent substance abuse.
Anthony D'Augelli
Community interventions; issues in the development of sexual orientation.
Steffany Fredman
Individual psychopathology in a couple and family context; military couples and families; dyadic early intervention after trauma exposure; couple-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder
Scott Gest
Links between reading skills and social competence in elementary school; peer relations; early reading tutoring as a preventive intervention; longitudinal study of patterns of risk and adaptation from childhood to adulthood; behavioral inhibition and related internalizing dimensions of personality and psychopathology.
Mark Greenberg
Intervening in the developmental processes in risk and non-risk populations with a specific emphasis on aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders; promoting healthy social and emotional development; school-based prevention; development of deaf children.
Rukmalie Jayakody
The impacts of poverty and social policies on families and children: welfare reform and barriers to self-sufficiency; family structure and child outcomes; living arrangements and family transitions.
Eva Lefkowitz
Understanding the development of risk behaviors in adolescence and emerging adulthood, particularly sexual behaviors and their correlates.
Jennifer Maggs
Adolescent social development and health; transition to adulthood; risk behaviors; prevention science; research methods; alcohol expectancies.
Ed Smith
Adolescent development with a focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to prevent problem behaviors.
Douglas Teti
Socioemotional development in infancy and early childhood, parenting, and intervention strategies designed to promote early development and parent-child relations.
Steven Zarit
Mental health and aging, especially the stress of caregivers; functioning of the oldest old; innovative models of service delivery.