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
- 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