ONGOING RESEARCH

Adolescent Social Relationships Study

This multi-site, randomized control trial examines the effects of parental and peer influence on adolescent risk behavior. This research was funded by the American Psychological Association.

Adolescent and Parent Legal Knowledge

This multi-site study, led by Dr. April Thomas (UTEP) and Dr. Adam Fine (ASU), investigates what adolescents and their parents know about the policies and procedures of the juvenile justice system, how they come to obtain such knowledge, and the role that legal knowledge plays in deterrence. The specific legal policies of interest include those on sexting, age of consent, and juvenile transfer to criminal court. This research was funded by grants from the American Psychology-Law Society.

Adolescent Social Development & Sleep Study

Adolescence is a time of changes in the development of sleep patterns and an increased susceptibility to sleep disorders. Sleep problems are likely to be exacerbated during incarceration, which can have consequences for mental health and future offenses. This longitudinal, multi-method study uses actigraph, electronic daily diary assessments, structured interviews, collateral reports, and official records to examine the effect of incarceration on adolescent sleep, mental health, and delinquency. Adolescents from three samples (incarcerated, community probation, and never arrested) are assessed across a period of two years. This study is funded by the National Science Foundation and an American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant.

PI: April Gile Thomas, Ph.D. (University of Texas at El Paso)

Co-PI: Caitlin Cavanagh, Ph.D. (Michigan State University)

Collaborators: 

Jennifer Eno Louden, Ph.D. (University of Texas at El Paso)

Adriana Galván, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)

Adam Fetterman, Ph.D. (University of Houston)

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