Professor Ernest Jouriles, Ph.D., researches children’s responses to marital conflict and is focused initially on understanding why certain types of marital conflict are more detrimental to children than others. With Professor Renee McDonald (also on SMU’s Psychology faculty), he has begun to develop and evaluate intervention programs to assist children exposed to frequent and severe interparent violence.
He and Professor McDonald are co-founders and co-directors of SMU’s Family Research Center. The Center advances knowledge about family functioning and malfunctioning, trains students in clinical psychology and treats families who participate in programs at the research center. Two ongoing research studies include assessing the effects of witnessing spousal (or partner) violence on young children in the family and a date-rape “virtual violence” program that teaches college-age women to recognize warning signs of date-rape and how to prevent it.
Ernest Jouriles in the News