Completed Projects

Perceptions of Violence in Childhood and Relations to Adult Socioemotional Functioning. In collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Howell at the University of Memphis and Dr. Erin Hunter at the University of Michigan, this project assesses how college students’ past experiences with violence influence their current functioning. Of particular interest to our team is how past violence and trauma relates to substance abuse and current violent relationships.  We also assess the role of religious and spiritual coping as it pertains to resilience in these college students. Please refer to the publications page for updates as we analyze these data.

Interpersonal Violence and Post-traumatic Growth.  This project aims to evaluate the extent and nature of resilience following exposure to interpersonal violence, community violence, and political violence in order to better identify how posttraumatic functioning and resilience can be understood in these high-risk populations. Please refer to the publications page for updates as we analyze these data.

The Michigan-Örebro Collaboration for Research on Childhood Exposure to Violence.  The BRAVE Project is a member of this international research collaboration, which includes researchers across the University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, University of Memphis, and Örebro University in Sweden.  Collaborators include Dr. Sandra Graham-BermannDr. Kathryn Howell, and Dr. Åsa Källström Cater. The effort is aimed at assessing childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) in Sweden with a focus on providing insight into the development of practice and policy related to reducing violence in Sweden.  This work examines a range of issues including perpetration patterns among Swedish couples experiencing IPV, children’s access to community resources and social supports, environmental contexts of IPV, gender differences in exposure to violence and consequent outcomes, and positive relationships that support children’s resilience following exposure to IPV. Please refer to the publications page for updates as we analyze these data.

Identifying processes underlying breastfeeding success in women exposed to adversity.  In collaboration with the South Bend/Mishawaka WIC office, this project sought to determine how women’s history of exposure to adverse events may contribute to difficulties in initiating and sustaining breastfeeding.  The goal of the research is to identify ways in which breastfeeding support and other forms of care can better address women’s and infants’ diverse needs. This project was supported by the Rodney F. Ganey Collaborative Community-Based Research Grant. See our resources page for downloadable resources related to this project, and see our publications page for scientific work emanating from this project.