Danica K. Knight
My research interests focus on adolescent mental health and ways that family members and social service agencies can help address youth needs, improve self-regulation, and prevent future adjustment problems (including substance use and delinquency). For example, many youth involved in the juvenile justice system have difficulty regulating emotion and conforming to social norms. We are examining the effectiveness of interventions that build trust and improve communication between vulnerable youth and their caregivers. Our hope is to improve mental health, prevent future delinquency and substance use, and promote healthy transitions to adulthood. These projects are funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) and the Texas Governor’s Office.
I teach undergraduate Child Psychology, graduate Developmental Psychology, graduate Research Methodology and enjoy mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.
I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.