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Eman Tadros

Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
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About Eman

Dr. Tadros is a licensed marriage and family therapist, MBTI certified, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a Family TEAM leader. Her research focuses on incarcerated couples and families. She is the Assistant Editor for the journal Child: Care, Health and Development. She has published 117 peer-reviewed journal articles and various magazines, blog posts, book chapters, op-eds, and policy briefs.


"Institutional Relational Maintenance Barriers and Perceptions of Relationship Quality Among Women With Incarcerated Partners" (with Katherine Durante and Jasmine Rene Phillips Meertins). Crime & Delinquency 70, no. 3 (2024): 788-811.

Examines the relationship between prison facility barriers to maintaining relationships and perceptions of relationship quality, focusing on women whose male romantic partners are incarcerated. Findings show that high costs of phone calls and difficulties with in-person visitation negatively affect how women perceive the quality of their romantic relationships. Suggests that reducing barriers to communication and contact can help strengthen couples’ relationships.

"Supportive Communication Skills as a Protective Factor Among Couples Experiencing Incarceration" (with Katherine Durante, Candis Braxton, and Melanie Barbini). Criminal Justice and Behavior 50, no. 11 (2023): 1643-1660.

Investigates how communication skills impact relationship quality in heterosexual couples where the man is incarcerated and the woman is not. Findings show that couples who are regularly able to work out their differences have a lower relative risk of drifting apart in their relationship, whereas couples who frequently have heated arguments have increased risks of both growing closer and drifting apart. Suggests that prison programs should incorporate communication skills training for couples.

"The Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment for Adult Survivors: A Chronic Price To Pay" (with Antonia Guajardo). Journal of Psychological Perspective 5, no. 1 (2023).

Furnishes a synopsis and essential analysis of child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect, and examines its numerous processes and complex effects on individuals, families, and society. Mentions how childhood maltreatment can include physical, sexual, and emotional leading to Adverse Childhood Effects (ACE). Concludes although parents and caregivers determine their children's rearing practice, there must be procedures in place for medical professionals and schools to intervene when childhood maltreatment occurs.

"Mental Health, Perceived Consensus of Coparenting, and Physical Health Among Incarcerated Fathers and Their Nonincarcerated, Romantic Partners." (with Katherine Durante, Tasselli McKay, Melanie Barbini, and Brandon Hollie). Families, Systems, & Health 40, no. 2 (2022): 210–224.

Examines the relationship between self-reported mental health, perceived consensus of coparenting, and physical health among incarcerated fathers and their coparenting partners. Results show that there is a significant link between mental and physical health for each dyad member (incarcerated male and a nonincarcerated female). Additionally, women whose partners reported a higher perceived consensus of coparenting also reported better physical health. Discusses implications for marriage and family therapy, criminal justice, health, and human services policy.