Personnel

Investigators

L. Rowell Huesmann, PhD

L. Rowell Huesmann, PhD

Director of the Aggression Research Program, is a Senior Research Professor in ISR and Amos N. Tversky Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology. In his own research, Huesmann focuses on the construction of cognitive/information processing models for explaining the learning of aggression. Two current aims for Huesmann are to elaborate the role of media violence in teaching violent behavior and to find ways to prevent the development of aggression. Huesmann is also Editor of the Journal Aggressive Behavior.

Eric F. Dubow, PhD

Eric F. Dubow, PhD

is an Adjunct Research Scientist at ISR and Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include: the development of risk and protective factors in children’s adjustment; the development and implementation of school-based intervention programs to enhance coping skills in handling stressful and traumatic events; the development of aggression over time and across generations; and effects of exposure to ethnic-political violence and potential protective factors. He is an associate editor for Developmental Psychology and the bulletin editor and treasurer for the International Society for Research on Aggression. He also participates in National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panels for risk and protective factors, and was a contributor to The Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence workshop on the Contagion of Violence (May, 2012), where he spoke on “Contagion of collective violence: Contagion from ethnic-political violence to other forms of aggression and violence.”

Paul Boxer, PhD

Paul Boxer, PhD

is an Adjunct Research Scientist at ISR. He is also Professor of Psychology at the Newark campus of Rutgers University who collaborates on several research projects in the center. His own research interests center on the development, prevention, and treatment of aggressive and disruptive behavior in children and adolescents. Boxer is particularly concerned with the application of normative models of aggression to understanding and reducing this behavior among high-risk and seriously emotionally disturbed youth.

Muniba Saleem, PhD

Muniba Saleem, PhD

​is Faculty Associate at ISR and an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Saleem studies how media affects interpersonal and intergroup relations between racial, ethnic, and religious groups. Applying social psychological theories, Dr. Saleem has studied the effects of media representations of marginalized groups in violent contexts on hostile attitudes and support for harmful policies towards depicted members (Saleem & Anderson, 2013; Saleem et al., 2017). Recent work has examined how the same negative media depictions influence minority members’ social, psychological, and political outcomes. Longitudinal and experimental research reveals that negative media depictions adversely influence immigrants’ integration and trust in American politics (Saleem et al., 2019) but at the same time minorities are motivated to seek collective action to improve their ingroup’s image and status in the larger society (Saleem et al., 2020). Dr. Saleem’s work has been published in journals such as Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Child Development, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Her research has been funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and Facebook.

Meagan Docherty, PhD

Meagan Docherty, PhD

is an Adjunct Faculty Associate at ISR and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Her research has examined the development of externalizing behaviors from childhood to young adulthood, and has focused specifically on the development of callousness, gun carrying and use among adolescents and young adults, and risk and protective factors such as parenting quality and exposure to violence.

Postdocs

Violet Souweidane

works with high school students on reducing conflicts between students and between students and staff in the school. Her work involves restorative practices programs in the school as well as promoting youth voice through social justice work. She is working with youth on developing a social justice program that may be adopted district wide with a goal to be presented at the state school board.

Research & Administrative Staff

Matthew Morley MA

Matthew Morley MA

is a Research Area Specialist Associate in the Aggression Research Group. He assists the research investigators in the data processing and management of the ARG’s longitudinal studies on human aggression. Some of his responsibilities include the creation of SPSS datasets, documenting datasets, managing survey data collection teams, conducting statistical data analyses and analyzing SEM models.

Cathy Smith MS

is a Research Tech Associate in the Aggression Research Group. She assists research investigators conducting longitudinal studies of human aggression in data processing, including creating SPSS datasets, documenting datasets, conducting statistical data analyses and analyzing SEM models.

Students

Harrison Angoff