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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.

Participant Eligibility/Benefits

  • Fathers of a biological child under the age of 18 with a history of physical or psychological violence who have at least monthly contact with their child
  • Fathers of children under 18 referred by the courts to the Family Violence Education Program can participate in our study and earn up to $160 for research assessments

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

  • Fatherhood Intervention in Residential Treatment
  • Randomized Controlled Trial of Prenatal Coparenting Intervention for African American Fragile Families
  • Fatherhood Focused Family Violence Education Program

Contact Information

Carla Stover, PhD

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