Our Programs

We are a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and public and mental health professionals dedicated to conducting funded research on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of adolescent and women’s health across the lifespan; providing comprehensive and integrative psychological services to adolescents, women, couples, and families; training the next generation of health care professionals in incorporating evidenced-based psychological principles in translational research and patient care; and developing and implementing evidence-based prevention programs, particularly those that promote healthy relationships and decrease risk behaviors


Dating it safe (Longitudinal)

The purpose of the NIH and NIJ- funded Dating it Safe study is to examine the longitudinal risk and protective factors of dating violence (or adolescent relationship abuse). A sample of 1,042 high school students were recruited from seven public high schools and assessed as freshman/sophomore high school students in 2010 and have been assessed annually.

Fourth r implementation

The primary aims of this CDC funded implementation study are to assess initial feasibility, quality, acceptability, engagement, adaptation, and satisfaction with Fourth R; examine school-, teacher-, and student-level barriers to high-fidelity implementation and correlates of low fidelity to the intervention protocol; determine sustainability and impact of experience on implementation by assessing changes over the course of the study in fidelity, feasibility, acceptability, satisfaction, and engagement, and; evaluate effects of initial implementation fidelity and change over time on students' changes in attitudes, knowledge, skills, intentions, and behavior related to teen dating violence.

Fourth R Evaluation

The NIH funded school-based cluster randomized trial of the 7th-grade version of Fourth R includes 24 ethnically diverse middle schools (ie, clusters: 12 intervention schools, 12 control schools) in area schools to determine the impact of the program by comparing students in intervention schools with those in control schools.


City of Houston Collaboration

The purpose of this CDC-funded project is to implement effective healthy relationship programs in Houston area high schools situated in high crime/violence areas. The evaluation component will focus on monitoring both the implementation (fidelity, adaptation) and outcomes of Fourth R and Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP), and will utilize school-based youth risk assessments, observations, and student and teacher surveys.