The Risk and Resilience lab is directed by Dr. Courtenay Cavanaugh and conducts research pertaining to individual’s risk and resilience for psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and HIV/other sexually transmitted infections. The primary aim of this research is to inform prevention and intervention efforts to reduce psychiatric and substance use disorders and infectious disease risk behavior among high-risk populations. The primary populations of interest are women and children affected by interpersonal violence.

The lab is currently involved in several research projects in this area and has received the following grant funding:

  • NSF RU FAIR ADVANCE mini grant for project entitled, Intimate Partner Violence and Risky Sex. Primary Investigator: Courtenay Cavanaugh
  • NIDA-funded pilot grant awarded by the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior pilot grant for project entitled, HIV Prevention Implementation Science for Women in Domestic Violence Shelters. Primary Investigator: Courtenay Cavanaugh

Students working in the lab have done the following:

  • Assisted with related research
  • Presented related research at professional conferences
  • Received an award for their conference presentation
  • Received the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award
  • Co-authored peer-reviewed publications

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 Please contact Dr. Cavanaugh at if you are interested in working in the lab.