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Maryse H. Richards

Professor of Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN

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Richards' research focuses on the mental health and development of youth of color growing up in highly disadvantaged communities. Consistent exposure to community violence and stress can lead to the development of behavioral and emotional problems, and diminished quality of life. Positive relationships with significant adults and peers, and the development of protective factors foster resilience in youth. Her lab is engaged in several projects addressing these themes, with ongoing collaborations with community organizations and youth in Chicago's high violence, low income communities.


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"Interim Report for the Evaluation of a Cross-age Peer Mentoring Program for Youth in High Violence Chicago Communities," (with Katherine Tyson McCrea, Catherine Rice Dusing, Cara DiClemente, Kyle Deane, and Dakari Quimby), National Criminal Justice Reference Service, December 1, 2017.

Evaluates a cross-age peer mentoring program for youth in high violence Chicago communities.

"Civic Engagement Curriculum: A Strengths-Based Intervention Serving African American Youth in a Context of Toxic Stress" (with Edna Romero, Kyle Deane, Devin Carey, Arie Zakaryan, Dakari Quimby, Israel Gross, Anita Thomas, Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, Maureen Burns, and Nisha Patel). Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma 9, no. 1 (2016): 81-93.

Describes the effects of a culturally relevant and resilience based intervention, the Civic Engagement Curriculum, on young African American adolescents growing up in a context of toxic stress.

"Resilience in Urban African American Adolescents: the Protective Enhancing Effects of Neighborhood, Family, and School Cohesion Following Violence Exposure" (with Cara M. DiClemente, Catherine M. Rice, Dakari Quimby, Cordelia T. Grimes, Mirinda M. Morency, Candice D. White, Kevin M. Miller, and Jaosn A. Pica II). The Journal of Early Adolescence (2016).

Examines the protective effects of neighborhood, family, and school cohesion following community violence exposure in urban African American adolescents.

"The Relation of Severity and Type of Community Violence Exposure to Emotional Distress and Problem Behaviors among Urban African American Adolescents" (with Jonathan Goldner, Israel M. Gross, and Brian L. Ragsdale). Violence and Victims 30, no. 3 (2015): 432-449.

Describes the relation of severity and level of community violence exposure to daily affect, emotional distress, and problem behaviors in urban African American adolescents living in low-income communities.