Affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy and attachment-based family therapy for LGBTQ+ young adults and their nonaccepting parents
As part of a two-site, collaborative study with Yale University and funded by the Israel Science Foundation, we are exploring differential and shared change mechanisms in individual affirmative CBT and attachment-based family therapy for LGBTQ+ young adults and their nonaccepting parents.
Parental Reflective Functioning
Parents' ability to reflect upon their LGBTQ+ child's experience of feeling not completely accepted for who they are is thought to be critical in parents' acceptance process. This project examines the role of parents' emotional arousal on their ability to reflect upon their child's experience.
Engaging people in family-based treatments
Despite the benefits of couple and family therapy, not all people are willing to engage in conjoint treatment. This project explores the cognitive and emotional barriers to people engaging in family treatment and interventions designed to reduce such barriers.
Talking about skin color in Ethiopian-Israeli families
Speaking to their children about skin color has long been a sensitive topic for Israeli parents of Ethiopian descent. This project explores parents' concerns and attitudes about speaking to their children about skin color and the messages they want to convey. We are also developing a family-based program to help parents have productive, helpful conversations with their children about skin color.