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My interests can be best described as integrative and developmental-contextual-resiliency in emphasis. I am particularly intrigued by the ways in which development unfolds within the family and community contexts where transitions, risk, and resiliency can serve as catalysts for latter adjustments and/or maladjustments/psychopathology. A foundational aspect to these developmental processes rests upon a commitment to and an understanding of the expression of cultural variables and contributions to health and well-being from an indigenous-community and cross-cultural psychology perspective.
My teaching interests include the following: Undergraduate: Psyc 258 Children & Trauma Psyc 321 Human Development: Lifesspan Psyc 492/592 Special Topics: Infant, Childhood, & Adolescent Mental Health Graduate: Psyc 751 Psychological Assessment I Psyc 752 Psychological Assessment II Psyc 722 Developmental Seminar Psyc 779 Child Psychopathology
Accordingly, the Skillman Research Team focuses upon topics such as: the pathways of help-seeking in families and young adults; exploring cultural protective factors in the adjustment and well-being of Native American/Alaskan Native community members; and the development and/or use of culturally appropriate assessment tools with diverse populations. The research team uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in addressing these areas of inquiry. While my primary research interests continue to be in the above areas, a central point of emphasis has shifted to wellness, resiliency, and an integrative view of health and mental health within a developmental-positive psychology framework. I am particularly fascinated by the socialization and contextualization of wellness of emerging adults.
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