Office: 806 W Franklin, rm 105
Web site: Dr. Kliewer's Prevention Research Lab
My research focuses on understanding stress and coping processes in children and adolescents. For the last decade I have focused on chronic stressors such as poverty and community violence. In particular, I am interested in the role of the family in mitigating, or alternatively enhancing, youths' risk for negative outcomes in the face of stressful life events and circumstances. I also have examined psychological, behavioral and physiological (e.g., blood pressure, epinephrine and norepinephrine, cortisol, immune functioning) responses to stressors. Currently, I lead two projects: Project CARE -- A study of risk and resilience in South African youth (located in Durban, South Africa) and Project HEART – Health and Resilience in Teens focused on low-income African American adolescents and their mothers in Richmond. Both studies examine associations between cumulative risk and physiological outcomes, as well as examining individual, familial, and environmental factors associated with resilience. Additionally, I am part of a community and family intervention team working to reduce youth violence in Richmond.
- What affects parenting in high-risk communities?
- Do bullies and victims have different physiological responses to stress?
- How urban, African American mothers handle their emotions and respond to children's emotions are important for children's emotional competence and well-being over time, particularly in boys.
Kliewer, W., & Lepore, S. J. (in press). Exposure to violence, social cognitive processing, and sleep problems in urban adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
Borre, A., & Kliewer, W. (2014). Parental strain, mental health problems, and parenting practices: A longitudinal study. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 93-97.
Kliewer, W. (2013). The role of neighborhood collective efficacy and fear of crime in socialization of coping with violence in low-income communities. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 920-930.
Lepore, S. J., & Kliewer, W. (2013). Violence exposure, sleep disturbance, and poor academic performance in middle school. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1179-1189.
Kliewer, W., Dibble, A. E., Goodman, K., & Sullivan, T.N. (2012). Physiological correlates of peer victimization and aggression in African American urban adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 637-650.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Research Internship, undergraduate level
- Parenting, graduate level
- Survey of adolescent drug use, graduate level
Project HEART: Health and Resilience in Teens. Co-Principal Investigator. July, 2013 – December, 2014. VCU, Presidental Research Quest Fund. $50,000.
Virginia Commonwealth University – Center for Youth Violence Prevention. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Farrell). September, 2010 – September, 2015. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1U01CE001956-01, $6,500,000.
Can parents help prevent youth tobacco use? An evaluation of two evidence-based parenting programs? Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Corona). July, 2012 – June, 2015. Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. $449,973.
Violence, drug use, and AIDS in South African Youth: A US/South Africa Research Collaboration. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Sanders-Phillips). April, 2011 – March, 2013. National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21DA030298-01, $341,438.
School-based expressive writing intervention trials for youth exposed to violence. Principal Investigator. June, 2008 – April, 2011. The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. R01 MH081166.
- Fulbright award to conduct research in Durban, South Africa, January – June, 2011
- VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2007