About Us

The Couple and Family Research Group is dedicated to understanding the couple- and family-level processes that foster coercive dyadic interactions and impact children's socioemotional development. 


Projects with Young Adult Couples

  • Executive functions and intimate partner violence: Investigation of executive functions (task shifting, inhibition, and working memory) and emotions in relation to intimate partner violence
  • Cognitive processing and emotions: Effects of emotion on slow deliberative and fast intuitive problem-solving and their associations with emotional regulation


Projects with Parents

  • Infancy study: Development of early aggression and externalizing behaviors in infancy and toddlerhood 
  • Executive functions and mother behavior: Investigation of executive functions (task shifting, inhibition, and working memory) and emotions in relation to mothers' responses to their toddlers’ behaviors


Services We Provide

Our clinical work focuses on helping families and their young children struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges.  We use practices informed by scientific research to teach parents child behavior management strategies that can improve child behavior and parent-child relationships. CFRG is led by Dr. Tamara Del Vecchio, who supervises doctoral students’ delivery of parent interventions. Contact us at cfresearch@stjohns.edu or 718-990-8327 for more information about the services we provide.