• Debra Patterson

    Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs- National Institute of Justice Grant

    Associate Professor Debra Patterson just completed a three year evaluation of an online hybrid training program developed and implemented by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. The evaluation found that the students exhibited high knowledge gains in most online modules, and experienced a fairly high level of knowledge retention three months post-training.

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  • Carolyn Dayton

    Baby on Board!: The WSU Early Parenting Study

    This study examines the influence of key psychological, social, and biological factors on the development of parenting thoughts, feelings and behaviors beginning during pregnancy and across the first months of postnatal development. The central aim of the study is to understand the underlying processes that parents experience as they prepare to parent a new baby. From left, Study Coordinator Mae Nordin and Assistant Professor Carolyn Dayton.

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  • Poco Kernsmith & Joanne Smith-Darden

    Strengthening Supports for Healthy Relationships: A Gender-Sensitive, Mixed Methods Analysis of Protective Factors for Intimate Partner Violence

    The Center for Disease for Control awarded Poco Kernsmith, Roger Kernsmith and Joanne P. Smith-Darden a $1 million dollar grant for a three-year study that will research the factors that facilitate and discourage intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration among middle school and high school youth. Read more about Poco Kernsmith and her projects by clicking the photo. From left, Joanne Smith-Darden, Poco Kernsmith and Roger Kernsmith.

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