Funder: Michigan Department of Corrections
PI: Sheryl Kubiak
Several research initiatives (funded by MDOC) focused on the development and testing of new interventions for women convicted of assaultive offense. The first step was an assessment of incarcerated women involving a randomized, stratified sample of 600 women, comparing similarities and differences among women with and without violent offenses. Several interesting and informative papers and presentations have resulted – all with doctoral student involvement (Kubiak, Kim, Fedock & Bybee, accepted – Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Kubiak, Kim, Bybee & Eshelman, under review; Kubiak, Kim, Fedock & Bybee, in process; Kubiak, Rivera & Bybee, in process). Using this information, reviews of the literature, and clinical experience, Dr. Stephanie Covington wrote a new curriculum (Beyond Violence) that we pilot tested in the women’s prison. Our research team monitored the feasibility of the implementation and assessed fidelity to the model (Kubiak, Fedock, Kim & Tillander, under review) as well as short term outcomes (Kubiak, Kim, Fedock & Bybee, 2012). Based on the positive outcomes of the pilot testing, we initiated a randomized control trial comparing the new intervention to the treatment as usual (TAU) using two cohorts of each condition.