This work focuses on three key areas, though not exclusively.
The Developmental Science of Substance Use
For nearly 30 years, we have studied the developmental pathways to substance use and misuse, particularly among children of parents struggling with addiction.
Resilience and Positive Youth Development
Across diverse populations and methods, we examine malleable, strengths-based resilience mechanisms and interventions emphasizing connection - such as gratitude, generosity and love. 
Developmental Methodology
Our work emphasizes multi-modal approaches to measurement and innovative developmental designs and analyses, including Integrative Data Analysis (for data harmonization and pooling).
Ongoing research studies include such topics as the following.
Resilience and SGM Youth
Led by Amanda Haik, studies examine unique risk and protective factors related to mental health and substance use among sexual and gender minority youth that can inform intervention.
Resilience and Maltreatment
Led by Adrianna Richards, this work examines individual, malleable factors that buffer maltreatment-related risk to create resilience.
Resilience Lessons from COVID-19. 
Studies in the US and, through collaborations with the ICDSS-SRA COVD-19 Global Scholars Network, abroad highlight short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic, with silver linings.
Young Adults in a Troubled World
Led by Rachel Petrie, this qualitative study examines how distressed young adults think about and cope with the sociopolitical and ecological threats in today's world.
Children in Families Recovering from Addiction. Current work in this 30-year program of study examines how mothers in recovery foster love, gratitude and generosity in their children as potential resilience factors that carryforward in development.
Virtual Reality for Contextual Learning
Pilot studies underway test whether VR can help youth prepare for college, advisors learning active listening, mothers in recovery respond to child tantrums, and young adults learn self-compassion.
Treatment Needs and Intersectional Identity. 
Led by Maku Orleans-Pobee, this qualitative study examines how intersectional marginalized identities of African American adults with psychosis and substance misuse connect identity, experience, and treatment needs.
Raising Grateful Children
Studies funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Character Lab examine how parents foster children's gratitude over time and how gratitude relates to other- and self-orientations in the transition to adolescence.
Integrative Data Analysis. 
Through collaboration and consultation, we continue to apply and develop IDA methods for studying substance use and healthy development, particularly in the transition to young adulthood and across adolescence. (See more.)
Our recent work emphasized community-engaged research, design-based methods, and empirically-informed intervention design and evaulation.
Family Stories
This 14-session intervention is designed to augment addiction treatment for mothers seeking parenting support that fosters children's emotion regulation and family connection.
Raising Grateful Children
This empirically-derived online program support parents in learning strategies to foster gratitude in their children aged 6-13.

The Good Gifts Project
Developed by Dr. Peter Samuelson then of Lutheran Social Services, this four-session program fosters gratitude, generosity and hope in opportunity youth at-risk for homelessness.
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