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Danica K. Knight

danica knight
Associate Professor Direct: (817) 257-6473
Ph.D. Texas Christian University, 1992 Experimental Psychology
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Research Interests

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.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach undergraduate Child Psychology, graduate Developmental Psychology, graduate Research Methodology and enjoy mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.

Professional Service

I serve as Associate Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.