Substance use and intimate relationships in young people and community couples; youth culture and peer relations; bullying; methodological /statistical emphases in the social sciences research
My research examines the short-term effects of partner substance use (drinking and marijuana use) on relationship functioning and intimate partner violence among community couples. I also research the co-development of peer victimization (bullying and sexual harassment) and substance use (drinking, use of electronic vapor products, marijuana) in youth and adolescence, and moderation and mediation roles of mental health. Most of my research involves analyses of daily and longitudinal multilevel multivariate models, structural equation models, latent class analysis and latent transition analysis using Bayesian estimation in Mplus. Currently, I serve on the Editorial Boards for American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy, and Practice, and as an Associate Editor in Educational Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology.