Professional Research Interests
- Early identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of serious mental disorders in children, teens, and young adults;
- Relationships between childhood biological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems and the onset of severe mental disorders in late adolescence and young adulthood;
- Discovery of improved methods for assessing, predicting, treating, and preventing violence to self, others, and property by youths with serious mental disorders;
- ·The assessment of social intelligence/social competence in children and adolescents with serious mental, emotional, or behavioral problems.
- Exploration of social cognitive development, social intelligence/social competence, and behavioral symptoms of children/teens with psychotic disorders;
- A quasi-experimental study of how violent mentally ill youths differ in development, cognitive processing, behavior, social perceptions, and symptoms within and across diagnostic categories, and how violent children differ from non-violent youths matched for diagnosis, illness severity, age, and gender.