The primary focus of the Exploring Community Empowerment Lab (EXCEL) is to utilize developmental, treatment, and training research to examine family and parenting dynamics among diverse community populations. Specifically, our lab focuses on understanding the development and maintenance of substance use disorders among women and mothers, in order to identify mechanisms of family-centered prevention, treatment, and recovery support. Much of our current research examines family and parenting relationships among mothers and pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. Other research investigates program development, implementation, and outcomes for women and mothers enrolled in gender-specific treatment.
The EXCEL lab also explores immigrant and refugee migration trajectories to understand family dynamics and parenting practices from pre- to post-migration. Our current research focuses on transnational living and family dynamics among resettled immigrants and refugees living in the United States.
Lastly, in this lab we are examining couple/marriage and family therapists training experiences in an effort to understand and support workforce development. Currently we are studying C/MFT's training experience in substance use among families to identify exposure and preparedness for therapists working with families impacted by addiction.
Chou, J., Zand, D., Pierce, K., Pennington, L., Dickens, R., Michael, J. McNamara, D., White, T. (2018). Social Support, Family Empowerment, Substance Use, and Perceived Parenting Competency during Pregnancy for Women with Substance Use Disorders. Substance Use and Misuse, 53, 2250-2256. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1467456.
Cooper-Sadlo, S., Mancini, M., Meyer, D., & Chou, J. (2018). Mothers talk back: Exploring the experiences of formerly incarcerated mothers. Contemporary Family Therapy, online first.
Chou, J. & Diamond, R. A Multicultural Application of Attachment Theory with a Chinese Immigrant Family: Contextual and Developmental Adaptations. (2018). In Race and Ethnicity: International Perspectives, Challenges and Issues of the 21st Century.
Spivey, S., Muruthi, B., Chou, J. & Chevalier, M. (2017). Feminist Borderland Theory and Karen refugees: Finding place in the family. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 30, 155-169. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2017.1391031.
Zand, D., Chou, J., Pierce, K., Pennington, L., Dickens, R., Michael, J. McNamara, D., & White, T. (2017). Parenting Self-Efficacy and Empowerment among Expectant Mothers with Substance Abuse Disorders. Midwifery, 48, 32-38. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.03.003.
Chou, J., Stinn, S., Mirecki, R.M., & Cooper-Sadlo, S. (2014). Heroin and PTSD in an Inpatient Women's Facility: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 26, 138-162. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2014.933696.
Mirecki, R. & Chou, J. (2013). A Multicultural Application of Attachment Theory with Immigrant Families: Contextual and Developmental Adaptations. Contemporary Family Therapy Journal, 35, 508-515. doi: 10.1007/s10591-012-9210-x.
Angres, D., Bologeorges, S., & Chou, J. (2013) Tailored Addictions Treatment for Health Care Professionals: A Two Year Longitudinal Outcome Study. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 7, 49-60. doi: 10.4137/SART.S10556.