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Currently Funded Projects

Here is a list of some of our current and ongoing projects:

VCU Healthy Communities for Youth: Evaluation of Violence Prevention Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Community Levels of Youth Violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: The goal of this project is to implement and evaluate a comprehensive prevention strategy to reduce and prevent community rates of youth violence in Richmond, Virginia and similar communities across the United States.

Preventing Firearm Violence in Youth: A hospital-based prevention strategy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Description: This study will determine the effectiveness of a hospital-based violence prevention program for reducing risk of firearm-related violence and injury in youth victims of violence.

Preventing Retaliatory Gun Violence in Violently Injured Adults: A RCT of a Hospital-Based Intervention
1 R01 CE003296-01
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: To evaluate a gun violence intervention for violently injured adults.

Evaluation of VHD Firearm Injury Syndrome Definition
1 NU17CE010030-01-00

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: To enhance Virginia Department of Health’s surveillance of firearm related violent injury.

Reducing Healthcare Workers Burnout During COVID-19: A VR Mindfulness Study
VCU Office of Faculty Affairs
Description: To develop and pilot a mindfulness VR intervention delivered to healthcare workers.

Project IMPACT

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Description: To support and evaluation Project Impact for reducing risky youth driving behaviors and attitudes.

A Virtual Reality Intervention for Reducing Aggression and Substance Use in Youth
Innovation Gateway Commercialization Fund

Description: To support the development of a VR intervention for aggression and substance use in youth.

Mechanisms of Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Outbreak
COVID-19 Rapid Research Program

Description: To understand the driving risk factors for sexual and physical partner violence during the Stay at Home Order.

Evaluating Outcomes for Youth Receiving Hospital-Based Violence Prevention With and Without a Community
Level Initiative

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: To evaluate a hospital-based youth violence intervention with and without community-level services for reducing violence, teen dating violence, gang involvement, and suicide in violently injured youth.

Project Empower
Department of Justice, VOCA Victim Services Grant Program
Description: To support and evaluate a hospital-based intimate partner violence intervention.

Hospital-Based Violence Prevention
Department of Justice, VOCA Victim Services Grant Program
Description: To support and evaluate a hospital-based youth violence intervention.

The Impact of Endogenous Omega-3 Levels on the Development of PTSD, Aggression, and Drug Use in Victims of Violence
Teaching and Research (VETAR)
Description: Testing the link between blood level omega-3, and the development of PTSD, drug use, and aggression following violent injury.

Improving Emotion Regulation Using Virtual Reality: A Single-Blinded Randomized Clinical Trial
The Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology
Description: Testing the efficacy of an emotion regulation intervention in young adults.

The Neural Mechanisms Underlying Psychopathic Aggression
VCU CCTR Endowment Fund Pilot Imaging Award
Description: Testing the neurobiology of psychopathy-related aggression.

Distinguishing Youth with Conduct Disorder with Callous-Unemotional Traits using Cardiovascular Psychophysiology During Virtual Reality Fear Induction: Testing for Sex Differences

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Description: To study conduct disorder and callous-unemotional traits using VR technology.