- Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1972
- B.S., Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, 1968
I have a particular interest in the social and familial adjustment patterns of correctional populations. I have collaborated with the regional Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, the Virginia Department of Corrections and the re-entry program for a regional jail. Together, we are continually improving a parenting program designed to aid incarcerated parents in making healthy connections with their children during and after incarceration. I also conduct research concerning the needs and characteristics of female offenders. Currently I am working with state correctional professionals to examine how parenting training relates to successful re-entry outcomes. As part of this we are particularly interested in exploring the potential for video visitation, in which an imprisoned parent ‘visits’ with children using computer technology. We are also initiating a series of studies regarding children of incarcerated parents using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. For more information on my current research please visit my lab page, The Prisoners and their Families Project.