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Stover Lab

Fathers for Change


The lab is focused on studies of interventions for high risk families including those with violence, maltreatment and substance misuse. We focus on understanding the causes and correlates of violence and substance misuse and mechanisms to intervene to stop family violence, improve co-parenting relationships and father-child relationships. Fathers for Change was developed through a K23 award from NIDA and a subsequent R34.

Fathers for Change is a manualized individual and family therapy designed to provide fathers with skills to have healthier relationships with their co-parents and children. The intervention has been tested in residential and outpatient settings with positive outcomes for the whole family. The lab is conducting ongoing research on Fathers for Change and other interventions for families impacted by violence and trauma, as well as, understanding best practices in dissemination of interventions.

Research Interest

Intervention for families impacted by family violence, fatherhood interventions for men with domestic violence and substance misuse, parenting of fathers, co-parenting interventions for high risk families, child trauma, intervention development and evaluation, dissemination science.

IRB Study Titles

Research Team


  • Professor of Psychiatry; Co-Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Psychiatry; Co-Director, NIDA-funded T32 Training Program in Substance Use Prevention Research, Psychiatry; Director, Family Violence Research and Programs, Psychiatry; Associate Professor on Term, Social and Behavioral Sciences