Current Research Studies

Contextual and Situational Risk Factors Among High School Adolescents in the Rio Grande Valley

This study aims to examine the correlates associated with teen dating violence. Research will be conducted through the Fall of 2018. Results have the potential to provide a framework for future research on teen dating violence, a precursor to intimate partner violence in adults, and contribute to issues of prediction, prevention and treatment of teen dating violence and concurrently intimate partner violence. 


Hormonal Assessment and Intimate Partner Violence

The current study seeks to investigate the hormone ratio in these offenders to determine if their hormones also differentiate the two groups. A deeper understanding of biological factors help researchers and practitioners better understand who is likely to respond to which type of treatment, and if there is a biological difference between different types of offenders. The current proposed study seeks to measure levels of testosterone and cortisol (at baseline and in the laboratory) to compare their ratios in men mandated to batterers groups who are only aggressive towards their family (“family-only” subtype) to those in men who are more generally aggressive in multiple contexts (“generally aggressive” subtype). Procedures will include two visits consisting of completing questionnaires and providing a number of salivary testosterone and cortisol collections. Participants will be asked to conduct cortisol and testosterone samples for two scheduled days in order to capture diurnal variations in hormone production.

Attachment and Intimate Partner Violence

This study aims examining the interaction of partners' attachment behaviours