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Stephen Gavazzi

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Dean/Director, Mansfield Campus

(419) 755-4221
gavazzi.1@osu.edu

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Education

  • Ph.D. Family Studies, School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1991
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy Program, School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1985
  • B.A. Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1983

Areas of Expertise

Professor Gavazzi has established a research program that identifies the impact of family dynamics on adolescent development, psychopathology, and problem behavior. Dr. Gavazzi has been involved in the development and evaluation of a number of family-based programming efforts, including a multifamily psychoeducation group for families containing children with mood disorders implemented and evaluated through a grant from the National Institutes for Mental Health. Professor Gavazzi also has created the Growing Up FAST Program, a family-based diversion initiative for use with juvenile offenders and their families, that has been funded through a series of generous grants from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services and the State of Ohio Department of Youth Services. Currently his efforts are largely directed toward the development of a web-based instrument known as the Global Risk Assessment Device (GRAD), designed to measure potential threats to the developmental needs of adolescents coming to the attention of the juvenile justice system.Research

  • Gavazzi, S. M., Lim, J. Y., Yarcheck, C. M., Bostic, J. M., & Scheer, S. D. (in press). The Impact of Gender and Family Processes on Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in a Sample of Court-Involved Female and Male Adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Bostic, J. M., Lim, J. Y., & Yarcheck, C. M. (2008). Examining the Impact of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Family Factors on Mental Health Issues in a Sample of Court-Involved Youth. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34, 353- 368.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Yarcheck, C. M., Sullivan, J. M., Jones, S. C., & Khurana, A. (2008). Global Risk Factors and the Prediction of Recidivism Rates in a Sample of First-Time Misdemeanant Offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 52, 330-345.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Yarcheck., C. M., & Chesney-Lind, M. (2006). Global Risk Indicators and the Role of Gender in a Juvenile Detention Sample. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 33, 597-612.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2006). Gender, Ethnicity and the Family Environment: Contributions to Assessment Efforts within the Realm of Juvenile Justice. Family Relations, 55, 190-199.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Yarcheck., C. M., & Lim, J. Y. (2005). Ethnicity, gender, and global risk indicators in the lives of status offenders coming to the attention of the juvenile court. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 49, 696-710.
  • Schock, A. M., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2005). Fathering court-involved daughters: Fathers' gender-specific concerns about their paternal role. Fathering, 3, 121-145.
  • Cohen, E. A., Vasey, M. W., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2003). Family differentiation as individuality and intimacy tolerance: Multiple family perspectives and the dimensionality of family distance regulation. Journal of Family Issues, 24, 99-123.
  • Fristad, M. A., Gavazzi, S. M., & Mackinaw-Koons, B. (2003). Family psychoeducation: An adjunctive intervention for children with early onset bipolar disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 53(11):1000-1008.
  • Fristad, M. A., Goldberg-Arnold, J. S., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2003). The efficacy of multi-family psychoeducation groups as an adjunctive intervention for families of children with mood disorders. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29, 491-504.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., & Lim, J. Y. (2003). Advances in measurement of global risk indicators in lives of court-involved youth: brief evidence for concurrent validity. Psychological Reports, 93, 750-752.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Lim, J. Y., Yarcheck, C. M., & Eyre, E. L. (2003). A brief report regarding predictive validity evidence of global risk indicators in the lives of court-involved youth. Psychological Reports, 93, 1239-1242.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., McKenry, P. C., Jacobson, J. A., Julian, T. W., & Lohman, B. (2003). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Family Emotional Involvement and Criticism Scale: Evidence of the dimensionality of Expressed Emotion . Psychological Reports, 92, 119-127.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Slade, D., Buettner, C. K., Partridge, C., Yarcheck, C. M., & Andrews, D.W. (2003). Toward conceptual development and empirical measurement of global risk indicators in the lives of court-involved youth. Psychological Reports, 92, 599-615.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Yarcheck., C. M., Rhine, E. E., & Partridge, C. (2003). Building bridges between parole officers and the families of serious juvenile offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 47, 291-308.
  • Fristad, M. A., Goldberg-Arnold, J. S., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2002). Multifamily psychoeducation groups for families of children with bipolar disorder. Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 4, 254-262.
  • Schock, A., Gavazzi, S. M., Fristad, M. A., & Goldberg-Arnold, J. (2002). The role of father participation in the treatment of childhood mood disorders. Family Relations, 51, 230-237.
  • Partridge, C., Gavazzi, S. M., & Rhine, E. E. (2001). Working with the families of serious juvenile offenders: The Growing Up FAST parole program. Contemporary Family Therapy, 23, 403-418.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., McKenry, P. C., Jacobson, J. A., Julian, T. W., & Lohman, B. (2000). Modeling the effects of expressed emotion, psychiatric symptomology, and marital satisfaction levels on verbal aggression. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 35, 154-167.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Wasserman, D., Partridge, C., & Sheridan, S. (2000). The Growing Up FAST diversion program: An example of juvenile justice program development for outcome evaluation. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 5, 159-175.

Experience

  • 2003 - Present Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Human Development and Family Science Family Science Program
  • 1997 - 2003 Associate Professor The Ohio State University Department of Human Development and Family Science Family Science Program
  • 1991 - 1997 Assistant Professor The Ohio State University Department of Family Relations and Human Development Marriage and Family Therapy Program
  • 1987 - 1991 Clinical Coordinator Wethersfield, CT Department of Youth Services
  • 1985 - 1987 Clinical Therapist East Hartford, CT Department of Youth Services
  • 1985 - 1987 Clinical Therapist Mansfield, CT Department of Youth Services
  • 1984 - 1985 Family Therapist Department of Family Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital University of Connecticut Health Center

Presentations

  • Khurana, A., Sullivan, J. M, Cooksey, E. C., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2008). Assessment of the Multi-Contextual Risk Factors Associated With Risky Sexual Behaviors Among Court-Involved. Paper to be presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, March 6-9, Chicago, IL.
  • Khurana, A., Sullivan, J. M, & Gavazzi, S. M. (2008). Cross-Jurisdictional and Cross-Perspective Validity of Recidivism Prediction From Dynamic Risk Factors in Juvenile Offenders. Paper to be presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, March 6-9, Chicago, IL.
  • Lim, J. Y., Gavazzi, S. M., & Peguero, A. A. (2008). The Impact of Neighborhood Environments on Peer Related Risks Among Juvenile Delinquents. Paper to be presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, March 6-9, Chicago, IL.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Sullivan, J. M., Scheer, S. D., Yarcheck, C. M., Twining, S., & Helser, R. (2007). Racial Disparities in Family Empowerment and Mental Health Outcomes. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Wasserman, D., & Bartle-Haring, S. (2007). An Ecological Understanding of Adolescent AOD Abuse and Offending Behavior. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lim, J. Y., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2007). Multilevel Model Examinations of the Relationship between Family Related Risks and Neighborhood Settings Among Juvenile Delinquents. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Russell, C. M., Lim, J. Y., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2007). Dimensions of Educational Risk and the Families of Court-Involved Youth. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Sullivan, J., M., Shoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2007). Intervention Evaluation: Group Differences Versus Reliable and Clinically Significant Change. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Lim, J. Y., Gavazzi, S. M., & Yarcheck, C. M. (2007). Age of Onset of Delinquency, Gender, Family, and Peer Risks among Court-Involved Youth. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, March 29-April 1, Boston, MA.
  • Day, R. D., Gavazzi, S. M., Miller, R., & Cox, A. (2006). Compelling Family Processes: Pilgrims' Progress. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Minneapolis, MN
  • Gavazzi, S. M., & Yarcheck, C. M. (2006). Family Empowerment, Family Stability, and Youth Well-Being Indicators. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Minneapolis, MN
  • Khurana, A., Gavazzi, S. M., & Futris, T. G. (2006). Juvenile Delinquency and Adolescent Fatherhood. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lim, J. Y., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2006). Gender, Ethnicity, Delinquency Onset, and the Needs of Court-Involved Youth. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Minneapolis, MN
  • Yarcheck, C. M., Sullivan, J., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2006). Family Factors and the Prediction of Recidivism in a Sample of Juvenile Offenders. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Minneapolis, MN
  • Yorgason, J. B., Chang, S. L., Gavazzi, S. M., & Yarcheck, C. M. (2006). Custodial Grandparenting of At-Risk Youth: Family Structure and Solidarity. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 7-11, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Publications

  • Schock, A. M., and Gavazzi, S. M. (2004). A multi-method study of father participation in family-based programming. In R.D. Day & M. E. Lamb (Eds.), Reconceptualizing and Measuring Fatherhood, pp. 149-184, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.
  • Cohen, E. A., Vasey, M. W., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2003). Family differentiation as individuality and intimacy tolerance: Multiple family perspectives and the dimensionality of family distance regulation. Journal of Family Issues, 24, 99-123.
  • Fristad, M. A., Goldberg-Arnold, J. S., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2003). The efficacy of multi-family psychoeducation groups as an adjunctive intervention for families of children with mood disorders. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29, 491-504.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2003). Family strengthening programs for families with adolescents. In T. P. Gullotta and M. Bloom (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, pp. 486-492, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Slade, D., Buettner, C. K., Partridge, C., Yarcheck, C. M., & Andrews, D.W. (2003). Toward conceptual development and empirical measurement of global risk indicators in the lives of court-involved youth. Psychological Reports, 92, 599-615.
  • Alford, K. A., McKenry, P. C., & Gavazzi, S.M. (2001). Enhancing Achievement in Black Adolescent Males: The Rites of Passage Link. In Majors (ed.), Educating Our Black Children, pp. 141-156, London: Routledge/Falmer.
  • Day, R. D., Gavazzi, S. M., & Acock, A. (2001). Compelling Family Processes. In A. Thorton (ed.), The well-being of children and families: Research and Data Needs, pp. 103-126, University of Michigan Press.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., McKenry, P. C., Jacobson, J. A., Julian, T. W., & Lohman, B. (2000). Modeling the effects of expressed emotion, psychiatric symptomology, and marital satisfaction levels on verbal aggression. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 35, 154-167.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Wasserman, D., Partridge, C., & Sheridan, S. (2000). The Growing Up FAST diversion program: An example of juvenile justice program development for outcome evaluation. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 5, 159-175.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Yarcheck, C., Wasserman, D., & Partridge, C. (2000). A balanced and restorative approach to juvenile crime: Programming for families of adolescent offenders. In G. L. Fox & M. L. Benson (eds.), Contemporary Issues in Family Research Series (Families and Crime Millennium Volume), pp. 381-405, Stamford, CT: JAI Press.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., & Schock, A. (2000). Mental illness and the family. In P.C. McKenry & S.J. Price (eds.),Families and change (2nd edition), pp. 229-249, Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Bartle-Haring, S. E., Kenny, D. A., & Gavazzi, S. M. (1999). Multiple perspectives on family differentiation: Analyses by Multitrait Multimethod Matrix and Triadic Social Relations Models. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61, 491-503.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Reese, M. J., & Sabatelli, R. M. (1998). Conceptual development and empirical use of the Family Intrusiveness Scale. Journal of Family Issues, 19, 65-74.
  • Bartle-Haring, S. E., & Gavazzi, S. M. (1996). Multiple views on family data: The sample case of adolescent, maternal, and paternal perspectives on family differentiation levels. Family Process, 35, 457-472.
  • McKenry, P.C., Julian, T.W., & Gavazzi, S.M. (1995). Towards a biopsychosocial model of male-initiated domestic violence. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 307-320.