Dr. Hansen joined the faculty in 1992. His primary research area is child maltreatment (sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and witnessing domestic violence), including factors related to identification and reporting, assessment and intervention with victims and families, and the correlates and consequences of maltreatment. An additional area of research is social-skills assessment and intervention with children and adolescents. His research emphasizes procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of clinical interventions, through assessing and improving adherence, generalization, maintenance, and social validity. Dr. Hansen is the Co-Director of the Family Interaction Skills Clinic (with Dr. Mary Fran Flood) and Director of Project SAFE, a clinical treatment program for sexually abused children and their families.
Dr. Michael Scheel is a professor and department chair in the College of Educational Psychology. His work is based on the premise that therapists must, in collaboration with clients, facilitate interventions that fit well with each client's unique context. Context is defined by culture and client strengths. Therapy designed to fit well with a client's context is believed to foster hope and optimism. His work roles include therapist, supervisor, researcher, and teacher and uses the power of encouragement and emphasizing strengths rather than deficits which empowers individuals to attain positive goals.
Dr. Springer is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. His professional interests center on improving mental health services for underserved and hard to reach populations. This includes working in collaborative health care settings, rural populations and racial and ethnic minorities. Over the last several years he has been able to apply collaborative care principles in working in rural medical settings by providing mental health treatment through the innovative use of technology.
Dr. Richard Bischoff has been a faculty member since 1998. He is interested in increasing access to high quality mental health care, especially among vulnerable and underserved populations and is currently involved in projects that designed to do that by marshalling local resources to better meet the mental health care needs of communities and delivering high quality mental health care services through videoconferencing.