About

REACH Scientists

  • Thomas Dishion

    Dr. Dishion is the founding director of the ASU REACH Institute and is interested in translational research on relationship dynamics associated with child, adolescent, and young adult mental health and competence. His developmental research focuses on peer, family, and romantic relationship dynamics underlying the development of psychopathology and competence. His work uses various methods, including longitudinal studies and observational and social neuroscience techniques, such as high-density array EEG and fMRI. His intervention research involves the design and testing of empirically supported interventions such as the Family Check-Up. He is currently involved in studying the process of translating evidence based intervention principles into real world service settings such as public schools, community mental health agencies, WIC, and primary health care. His collaborations involve state agencies as well as international policy makers interested in advancing the public health in children and families.

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  • Anne Marie Mauricio

    Dr. Mauricio is an Assistant Research Professor and Implementation Scientist at the Arizona State University REACH Institute. Her research interest is on the translation of evidence-based interventions for delivery in real world settings. Dr. Mauricio is a Principal investigator in the New Beginnings Program Implementation study, which is focused on development of efficient methods to assess implementation and on testing theoretical models linking implementation dimensions to intervention outcomes. She is also Co-Investigator on a grant to adapt the Bridges to High School program for broad scale dissemination and will supervise adaptation of Bridges’ implementation monitoring methods for real world delivery. She is also currently working with Dr. Tom Dishion to develop scale-up capacity of the Family Check-Up program. 

  • Tim Ayers

    Dr. Ayers is an Associate Research Professor at the REACH Institute (formerly Prevention Research Center) at Arizona State University. Over the past twenty-five years he has been involved in the development of competence promotion programs in school-based settings and in the development of prevention programs for children who have experienced a variety of stressful circumstances, including living with an alcoholic parent, divorce, and the death of a parent. His substantive research interests also include the assessment of appraisal and coping responses in children and adolescents and methodological issues in the evaluation of prevention programs. Currently, he is involved in the long-term follow-up evaluation of a prevention program for bereaved families. This and other research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has expertise in delivering clinical interventions for children and adults who suffer from a wide range of anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on dealing with individuals who have experienced trauma.

  • Cady Berkel

    Dr. Berkel is an Assistant Research Professor at the REACH Institute (formerly Prevention Research Center) at Arizona State University. Her primary research interests relate to ameliorating health and social disparities for marginalized cultural groups through evidence based preventive interventions. She has worked on research in the following areas: 1) formative research to identify culturally-based risk and protective mechanisms, such as the impact of discrimination, socialization, and identity on youth outcomes such as sexual risk behavior and substance use, 2) efficacy research on culturally-relevant interventions, 3) culturally appropriate implementation of evidence-based programs and participant responsiveness, and 4) increasing access to evidence-based programs through existing systems with which families regularly engage.  Currently, Dr. Berkel is working on studies related to the implementation of the New Beginnings Program through a partnership with family courts across the state of Arizona and the Family Check-Up in primary care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • Laurie Chassin

    Dr. Chassin's research focuses on the developmental psychopathology of substance use disorders and their intergenerational transmission, and her research has been funded by NICHD, NIAAA, and NIDA. She is the director of the Arizona State University NIMH-funded T32 training program in prevention science.

  • Will Corbin

    Dr. Corbin is an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training within the Department of Psychology at ASU. His research is well funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and focuses on understanding factors that contribute to the development of alcohol related problems in adolescents and young adults. Using both survey and lab based studies (conducted in his simulated bar laboratory), Dr. Corbin’s work is designed to provide new insights into the etiology of alcohol use and abuse. This work directly informs the development and evaluation of prevention and intervention approaches targeting alcohol-related problems. Dr. Corbin recently completed work on a randomized clinical trial examining the effects of naltrexone on heavy drinking young adults, and he is actively involved in the development of two novel alcohol prevention programs targeting young adults during the transition from high school to college.

  • Leah Doane

    Dr. Doane is a member of the developmental faculty and also affiliated with the clinical faculty at ASU. Her research explores the psychophysiological underpinnings of adolescent and young adult everyday stress experiences from a developmental psychopathology theoretical framework. Dr. Doane incorporates self-report and physiological methodologies (ranging from hormone levels to sleep quality) from naturalistic settings using ecological momentary assessment. The overarching goal of her research is to understand how day-to-day experiences ranging from loneliness to coping behavior get under the skin to influence physical and mental health outcomes.

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  • Larry Dumka

    Dr. Dumka is a member of the faculty at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. His research focuses on developing and testing family-focused interventions to prevent mental health problems in children, especially in ethnically diverse low-income families. He co-leads the Bridges Program, in addition to teaching and maintaining a clinical practice.

  • Nancy Eisenberg

    Dr. Eisenberg is Regents' Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests pertain to social, emotional, and moral development. In particular, she focuses on self-regulatory processes and their role in social functioning, adjustment, and maladjustment; altruism, empathy-related responding, and moral reasoning; emotional development; and the role of familial factors (e.g., parenting) in these various domains of functioning.

  • Nancy Gonzales

    Dr. Gonzales is ASU Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research examines cultural and contextual influences on social, academic and psychological development of youth across the lifespan. The aims of this work are to translate finding into community-based intervention that are effective at promoting successful adaptation and reducing social inequalities and health disparities for high-risk youth. Dr. Gonzales also collaborates with program designers and community stakeholders to adapt interventions to be used with culturally diverse populations.

  • George P. Knight

    Dr. Knight is a member of the social and quantitative faculty. His research interests have included the role of culture in prosocial development, acculturation and enculturation processes, the development of ethnic identity, and measurement equivalence in cross-ethnic and developmental research. He is currently an associate editor of Developmental Psychology, and has served as an editorial board member for Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Social Development, the Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Review of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 15). Dr. Knight is a co-investigator on La Familia.

  • Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant

    Dr. Lemery-Chalfant is a member of the developmental psychology faculty. The main goal of her research is to clarify gene-environment interplay in risk and resilient developmental processes. She utilizes both quantitative (e.g., twin studies) and molecular genetic (e.g., associating functional gene networks with developmental functioning) designs with a longitudinal perspective across childhood and adolescence. Her current research focuses on endocrine and behavioral indices of temperament, mood and behavioral disorders, sleep, and pain.

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  • Linda Luecken

    Dr. Luecken is a member of the clinical and developmental psychology faculty. Her research interests include, broadly, health psychology; women's health; social, developmental, and personality predictors of cardiovascular and hormonal stress reactivity; and the impact of early intervention on the development of biological stress regulation. Dr. Luecken's program of research involves studies of perinatal health in low-income and ethnic minority women; long-term physiological and health correlates of childhood adversity (parental death, parental divorce, maltreatment); and risk and protective influences on the emergence of biological, behavioral, and emotion self-regulation in low income and ethnic minority infants and children.

  • David MacKinnon

    Dr. MacKinnon is a Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. His current research interests are in statistical methods, particularly as applied in health promotion and disease prevention research. He also conducts research on the role of social influence and cognitive factors in health behavior.

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  • Marisol Perez

    Dr. Perez’s program of research encompasses both theoretical and applied studies in the area of eating psychopathology and obesity, often using a focus on Latino populations. Her current work focuses on 1) improving the assessment of eating disorders for minorities, 2) developing prevention programs for eating disorders and obesity, and 3) investigating the intergenerational transmission of eating.

  • Armando Pina

    Dr. Pina studies factors responsible for the developmental course of health and illness in children and adolescents by using basic science approaches and developing interventions that test mechanisms implicated in child and family change.

  • Irwin Sandler

    Dr. Sandler is interested in the development and dissemination of evidence based programs for families experiencing major stressful disruptions of divorce and bereavement. He and his colleagues have conducted research on the development of programs for divorced families (New Beginnings Program) and for bereaved families (Family Bereavement Program). Their research has found encouraging evidence that these programs promote healthy child adjustment including lower rates of substance abuse, depression, continuing distressing grief and externalizing problems and that these effects last up to 15 years following family participation in the programs. Most recently he and his colleagues have been actively involved in teaching community providers to deliver these programs with a high level of quality and fidelity. He has collaborated with Family Courts and community agencies in four counties in Arizona to evaluate the effectiveness of the New Beginnings Program when delivered as a community service and offered to all families experiencing a divorce in those counties. He is very interested in research that evaluates the translation of effective prevention programs into effective community-based services that promote the well-being of children experiencing these major family disruptions. His most recent scholarly publications include major reviews of the literature on the long-term effects of parenting promotion programs (Annual Review of Psychology, 2012) and of meta-analyses of the efficacy of prevention programs with children and youth (Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 2014).

  • Jenn-Yun Tein

    Dr. Tein is the primary methodologist at the ASU REACH Institute. Her research focuses on program evaluations and various statistical and methodological applications and issues. She is also interested in research and application of mediation and moderation models in prevention research. Her areas of expertise include measurement, multilevel analyses, survival analysis, latent variable mixture modeling, and longitudinal modeling. She also has extensive research experience with children and families of minority populations. 

  • Adriana Umaña-Taylor

    Dr. Umaña-Taylor is a Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She uses an ecological approach to inform her research, taking into account how individuals and families influence and are influenced by their surrounding ecologies. Generally, her research focuses on ethnic identity formation during adolescence and parent-adolescent relationships. With regard to ethnic identity formation, she is exploring the different components that define one's ethnic identity, as well as the factors that influence these components. Her research seeks to uncover how adolescents develop their identities, the roles that significant socialization agents play in this process, and how ethnic identity is associated with important variables (e.g., family relationships, academic success, psychological functioning). Dr. Umaña-Taylor is a co-investigator on La Familia.

  • Emily Winslow

    Dr. Winslow is interested in conducting research to increase the public health impact of evidence-based, preventive parenting interventions.  Dr. Winslow’s current research focuses on developing and evaluating theory-based strategies for increasing engagement into effective parenting and family-based interventions.  Dr. Winslow in the Principal Investigator for the REACH Institute’s Parenting Young Children Project and is a co-investigator for the New Beginnings Program and the Bridges to High School Program. 

  • Sharlene Wolchik

    Dr. Wolchik’ s research focuses primarily on understanding malleable risk and protective factors for youths who have experienced parental divorce, developing and testing preventive interventions designed to promote positive adaptation after parental divorce, and understanding the mechanisms of action of these programs. She has also collaborated in the design and evaluation of a preventive intervention for parentally-bereaved youths. Randomized controlled trials of these interventions have found not only positive short-term effects but long-term effects that last up to 15 years after program completion on a wide array of outcomes, including mental disorder, substance use and abuse, risky sexual behaviors, academic performance, self-esteem, and work competence. The program for divorced families, the New Beginnings Program (NBP) is included in SAMHA’S National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and is one of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development’s model programs. Most recently, she and her colleagues have been actively involved in working with community agencies to establish the NBP as an ongoing service.