L. Rowell Huesmann, PhD
Co-Director of the Aggression Research Program, is a Research Professor Emeritus in ISR and Amos N. Tversky Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology. In his 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.
Eric F. Dubow, PhD
Co-Director of the Aggression Research Program, is a Research Professor at ISR and Distinguished Research 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; childhood predictors of young adult weapon use; and effects of exposure to ethnic-political violence and potential protective factors. He is the editor of Developmental Psychology (2016-2022), served as President (2020-2022) and Past President (2022-2024) of the International Society for Research on Aggression, and has participated on National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panels focusing on risk and protective factors.
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
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
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.
Violet Souweidane, PhD
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.
Former Research & Administrative Staff
Matthew Morley, MA
was a Research Area Specialist Associate in the Aggression Research Group. He assisted the research investigators in the data processing and management of the ARG’s longitudinal studies on human aggression. Some of his responsibilities included the creation of SPSS datasets, documenting datasets, managing survey data collection teams, conducting statistical data analyses and analyzing SEM models.
Cathy Smith, MS
was a Research Tech Associate in the Aggression Research Group. Cathy assisted 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.