Family Research Center

New Family Research Center Website Coming in July 2023.

The mission of the Family Research Center is to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge on family functioning. We are dedicated to understanding and serving families in the Dallas Metroplex, but the impact of our research is far reaching, with research findings and interventions being utilized across the country and also internationally.

Through our research, and in collaboration with area agencies, we provide vital support to victims of interpersonal violence, children who witness such violence, children who are abused, and teens and young adults who experience physical, emotional, and sexual violence in their own interpersonal relationships. 

The Family Research Center is housed within the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University and is co-directed by Professors Ernie Jouriles and Renee McDonald. Drs. Jouriles and McDonald bring a combined 50 years of experience to the center. 

Learn more about our current research projects by clicking here.

Volunteer for a research study

Want to be involved in some of the exciting research here at the Family Research Center? Please check out our Research page to see which of our studies are currently seeking participants.

Interested in joining us as a Research Assistant?

We're looking for highly motivated students to join our team! You'll gain crucial experience for graduate school, boost your resume, and earn course credit for your work. Email to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the position.