Child abuse and neglect affect child development in a wide range of ways. Our lab’s main goal is to answer questions about outcomes for victims and their families, with the ultimate goal of promoting recovery and resilience.

Our lab is quite busy and diverse in scope. Our primary programmatic focus is on the bio-psycho-social health consequences of severe childhood abuse, and we have a particular focus on the comprehensive assessment of sexual attitudes and activities (as well as variations in sexual development) observed in teens abused as children. For example, our current R01 study is recruiting 400 adolescent females and their caregivers to examine adolescent internet use patterns, exposures to sexual media, online social behaviors, and risk for internet-initiated victimization.

Additional lab efforts are devoted to longitudinal studies (spanning more than 25 years) of abused women, and the dissemination of findings attesting to the long-term deleterious health outcomes, intergenerational effect of childhood sexual abuse and the continued cycle of revictimization. We employ state-of-the-art quantitative methods and longitudinal data analyses including time series, trajectory, structural modeling and growth curve approaches.

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