Carla Stover, PhD, Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, has been awarded an R34 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to support further research into her Fathers for Change intervention. Fathers for Change is a unique intervention that focuses on the paternal role throughout treatment, combining attachment, family systems, and cognitive behavioral theory and techniques to decrease violence and aggression, alcohol and substance abuse, and negative parenting behaviors.
Dr. Stover is also a co-investigator with Dr. James McHale, Director of the Family Study Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, on his recently awarded R01 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). Dr. McHale's grant is to conduct a randomized controlled trial for his "Figuring It Out for the Child" (FIOC) prenatal co-parenting intervention for African American families. Dr. McHale's intervention has received support from key African American stakeholders in St. Petersburg, Florida's health and human service and faith-based communities as a way to improve communication and parenting skills among unmarried fathers and mothers to improve outcomes for their children.