A. Monique Clinton-Sherrod, an RTI research psychologist, has extensive experience in prevention research associated with a variety of psychosocial issues. Dr. Clinton-Sherrod’s expertise includes the areas of intimate partner violence, substance abuse prevention, and women’s and minorities’ health, with particular focus on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions at all levels. She is well trained in leading research projects, developing and carrying out research proposals, and conducting both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Before coming to RTI, Dr. Clinton-Sherrod served as an adjunct faculty member and taught classes in statistics, research methods, and psychology. She has authored several journal articles for such publications as the Journal of Substance Abuse, Journal of Black Psychology, and Psychology of Women Quarterly.
This proposed project will investigate the effects of community-level social factors –neighborhood population density, racial/ethnic composition, alcohol outlets, socioeconomic status (SES) of neighborhood, and crime rates — on reported domestic violence experiences for couples with male partners receiving alcohol treatment. (Note that the terms domestic violence and intimate partner violence [IPV] are used interchangeably in this document.) This study will allow for an examination of how these community-level factors influence changes in reports of domestic violence overall (Aim 1) and, more specifically, the extent to which community-level factors affect domestic violence by influencing changes in alcohol use over time among male partners in alcohol treatment (Aim 2). Given prior empirical findings of the common link between alcohol use and IPV, it is of particular importance to study this fragile population of couples in which the male partner is in alcohol treatment.
My New Connections Experience
I saw the NC program as a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Foundation while furthering my own professional goals in the area of intimate partner violence and substance use. My interest align well with the goals of the vulnerable populations portfolio and this heightened my desire to apply for NC. I also appreciated the vested interest of the Foundation in providing researchers of color with this opportunity to enhance our own skills while also gaining valuable insights into the Foundation itself.
In learning about NC, I recognized that it would provide a vehicle for furthering my professional development through the secondary analysis component of the project and manuscript development but also through the various networking and training opportunities through the program. Being one of a relatively small number of minority researchers at RTI International, I have learned the benefit of continuously building my network of other researchers, particularly those of color, and utilizing various avenues for building my own research skills and sharing my research interest. The New Connections program has provided a great forum for achieving these goals and provided a wonderful opportunity to obtain focused advice from more seasoned researchers who have achieved many of the professional goals that I have in place for myself.
While employed as a research psychologist at RTI, I have worked on several federally funded projects addressing the issue of IPV with vulnerable populations. These projects have allowed me to focus on intimate partner violence (including sexual violence) and substance use with samples from varying contexts, including general-community, school-aged, college, military, and workplace settings. My interest in IPV is from a socio-ecological perspective with focus on individual as well as broader community and environmental factors that may impact IPV prevention and treatment, particularly substance use issues. I currently lead a study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), evaluating workplace interventions for intimate partner violence, which will provide insights into the ways in which workplaces address the issue of intimate partner violence among employees. I also serve as a co-investigator on an Army-funded project to assess spouse abuse, child maltreatment, and substance abuse among military families. This multifaceted study has provided important information on the contextual factors influencing substance abuse and family violence among soldiers and their families and has had implications for service provision. Additionally, I have a diversity supplement from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to assess changes in violence experience among college students involved in a motivational interviewing brief intervention for alcohol use; I am currently developing papers and presentations from these data.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2008
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
- Project Name: A Longitudinal Examination of the Moderating Effects of Community-Level Social Factors on Domestic Violence Among Couples with a Male Partner in Alcohol Treatment.