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Devin Banks & Alia Rowe Receive Elite 50 Award

We are thrilled to share that two PRISM Lab graduate students, Devin Banks and Alia Rowe, have received the Elite 50 award this year. The annual award recognizes the top 50 graduate and professional students at IUPUI for their achievements in scholarship and service outside of the classroom. Alia and Devin were honored at the Elite 50 Celebration last Wednesday for their service to the campus and community, including their clinical work serving patients in various healthcare settings in the Indianapolis area. Devin was also honored with the Premiere 10 award given to students scoring in the top 10 of applications.

We are very proud of Alia and Devin. Please join us in congratulating them on this honor!

New PRISM Research Links Perceived Police Injustice to Juvenile Aggression

New research from the PRISM lab recently made the news (at IUPUI) again! The article, authored by Dr. Zapolski, Devin Banks, and two colleagues examined the link between perceived police injustice and juvenile aggression as a function of acceptance of moral standards. The study found that youth who do not believe they must adhere with ethical standards are more likely to engage in aggressive behavior--but only when they also perceive police injustice. As the study was conducted among juvenile offenders, it may help us understand not only individual risk for delinquency and recidivism, but also the contextual risk posed by community factors such as policing. 

The study, entitle "Perceived Police Injustice, Moral Disengagement, and Aggression Among Juvenile Offenders: Utilizing the General Strain Theory Model" was published in August in Child Psychiatry & Human Development. Learn more about the study and read what the authors had to say about it at news.iu.edu.

PRISM Research in the News

The recognition for the PRISM lab's research just keeps coming! A research article by Dr. Zapolski, Devin Banks, and two colleagues was recently profiled by News at IUPUI. The study examined whether there was a "crossover effect" of binge drinking among African American and Hispanics as a function of age. In other words, we wanted to know whether these groups went from low risk for binge drinking to high risk for binge drinking (compared to Whites) as they got older. This study not only made IUPUI news, but was also chosen as an "Article of Public Interest" by the journal that published it: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER). Check out the links below to the press releases and full article to see what we found!

News at IUPUI: 
"IUPUI study finds risk for binge drinking differs by race and income, changes with age"

ACER press release:
"Older, Impoverished African Americans are at High Risk for Binge Drinking"

Full journal article:
"Does a Crossover Age Effect Exist for African American and Hispanic Binge Drinkers? Findings from the 2010 to 2013 National Study on Drug Use and Health" 

Dr. Zapolski Featured in a Podcast

If journal articles are a bit boring for your taste, you can now hear Dr. Zapolski talk about her research in the latest podcast from the Journal of School Nursing. Dr. Zapolski was invited to talk to the Journal of School Nursing about her recent article, "Implementing a Brief DBT Skills Program in Schools to Reduce Health Risk Behaviors Among Early Adolescents." The study details the results of a Dialectical Behavior Therapy intervention modified for brief use in schools. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a skills-based intervention that has been shown to improve emotion regulation and reduce risk-taking behavior among adolescents. However, it is usually implemented long-term. Dr. Zapolski's research examined whether DBT would be appropriate when modified to only 9 sessions delivered in a classroom setting. 

Click here to check out the podcast and the link above to view the article.