Child Maltreatment, Psychology & Law, Memory for Trauma, Child Eyewitness Testimony, Prevention Science
Stephanie Block's research has broadly focused on children in the legal system, the effect of trauma on children's wellbeing and memory for emotional events, and the prevention of child maltreatment. Guided by a social-ecological perspective and interdisciplinary training, she conducts research that generates knowledge and informs public policy relevant to children in the child welfare and legal systems. Specifically her research is organized into three major areas: 1) Child Maltreatment - to advance our understanding of children in at-risk environments who show resilience (e.g., healthy, adaptive, or positive functioning despite maltreatment histories) and promote research-based interventions that help prevent child maltreatment, 2) Psychology and Law- to determine the best contexts for children to participate in the legal system and to understand how well adults can evaluate child witnesses, and 3) Memory for Trauma - to better understand childrenÍs memory for traumatic and emotional events. Dr. Block joins the UML faculty in the fall of 2011 and will be teaching courses in Psychology and Law and in Child and Adolescent Development.