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Graduate Programs in Psychology

Pepperdine Applied Research Center

Couples, Family and Children Research Lab

In Dr. Eldridge's Dissertation lab, past and current research topics include:

  • Concordance between therapists' self-reports and neutral observers' ratings of adherence to marital therapy - Arlene Cruz, M.A.
  • Mixed-methods analysis of clients' perceptions of the most and least helpful aspects of couple therapy - Jessica Nelson, PsyD.
  • Descriptive and quantitative analysis of problem areas, communication patterns, and outcomes in couple therapy - Diana Olarte, M.A.
  • A qualitative analysis of acceptance-promoting couple interactions in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy - Laura D. Wiedeman, PsyD.

Additional interest areas of Dr. Eldridge and Dr. Hall include:

  • Couple therapy process and outcome
  • Demand-withdraw communication in couples
  • Multicultural similarities and differences in demand-withdraw communication
  • Infidelity
  • Stages of change among couples and adolescents in therapy
  • Religiosity/spirituality in marriage and in youth
  • Developmentally and contextually appropriate assessment and treatment of children and adolescents

Approximately 250 students are currently working at practicum sites throughout southern California for the academic year 2009-10.