The overarching, long-term career goal of the candidate is to run her own clinical laboratory to develop best practice treatment approaches for families impacted by intrafamilial violence. The immediate career goals of this K23 award will aid the candidate in development of independent skills in: 1) substance abuse and violence assessment, 2) the stage model of psychotherapy development, 3) treatment evaluation (including longitudinal, multisite data collection and analysis, and 4) qualitative and treatment fidelity measurement. To achieve these goals, courses in biostatistics, qualitative and longitudinal data collection/analysis have been selected along with seminars in best practice treatment, forensics, and treatment evaluation with this population. Travel to the labs of several internationally known researchers in the field of coordinated substance abuse treatment (Dr. Fals-Stewart), child-parent treatment for domestic violence (Dr. Lieberman) and qualitative assessment of trauma and parent-child interactions (Dr Scheeringa) for intensive training is included in the first eighteen months to prepare the candidate to undertake the psychotherapy development research proposed. This K23 outlines a program of research to develop and evaluate an integrated treatment for fathers with co-morbid substance abuse and domestic violence that targets their roles as fathers under the mentorship of Drs. Bruce Rounsaville, Caroline Easton and Thomas McMahon in the Departments of Child and Adult Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. To facilitate this goal, this POR will support the following research projects: 1) collection of quantitative data on the self-reported parenting stress, behaviors, and child-parent relationships of male perpetrators of intimate partner violence with comorbid substance abuse compared to matched controls;2) manual development and pre-piloting for the development of adherence and fidelity tools;and 3) initial evaluation via a Stage l b randomized pilot of Integrated Father Treatment for Domestic Violence (IFT-DV) for this population of men which incorporates state-of-the-art substance abuse, domestic violence, and child-trauma treatment approaches.

Public Health Relevance

Social service systems rarely acknowledge the status of men as fathers in the conceptualization and delivery of treatment for substance abuse or domestic violence. The enormous rates of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and child maltreatment constitute a major public health concern. Given the high rates of comorbidity, there is a pressing need for more integrated evidence-based treatments to address the issues facing these families.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
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Chambers, Jessica Campbell
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Stover, Carla Smith; Keeshin, Brooks (2018) Research domain criteria and the study of trauma in children: Implications for assessment and treatment research. Clin Psychol Rev 64:77-86
Stover, Carla Smith; Coates, Erica E (2016) The Relationship of Reflective Functioning to Parent Child Interactions in a Sample of Fathers With Concurrent Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration and Substance Abuse Problems. J Fam Violence 31:433-442
Stover, Carla Smith; Zhou, Yuchun; Kiselica, Andrew et al. (2016) Marital Hostility, Hostile Parenting, and Child Aggression: Associations from Toddlerhood to School Age. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 55:235-42
Stover, Carla Smith (2015) Fathers for Change for Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence: Initial Community Pilot. Fam Process 54:600-9
Stover, Carla Smith; Kiselica, Andrew (2015) Hostility and substance use in relation to intimate partner violence and parenting among fathers. Aggress Behav 41:205-13
Stover, Carla Smith; Zhou, Yuchun; Leve, Leslie D et al. (2015) The Relationship between Genetic Attributions, Appraisals of Birth Mothers' Health, and the Parenting of Adoptive Mothers and Fathers. J Appl Dev Psychol 41:19-27
Stover, Carla Smith; Lent, Kimberly (2014) Training and Certification for Domestic Violence Service Providers: The Need for a National Standard Curriculum and Training Approach. Psychol Violence 4:117-127
Stover, Carla Smith; Kiselica, Andrew (2014) An initial examination of the association of reflective functioning to parenting of fathers. Infant Ment Health J 35:452-61
Kiser, Laurel J; Stover, Carla Smith; Navalta, Carryl P et al. (2014) Effects of the child-perpetrator relationship on mental health outcomes of child abuse: it's (not) all relative. Child Abuse Negl 38:1083-93
Stover, Carla Smith (2013) Fathers for change: a new approach to working with fathers who perpetrate intimate partner violence. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 41:65-71

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