Wendy Hadley is an academic expert in adolescent risk behaviors, the prevention of substance use and sexual risk behaviors, and adolescent weight management. At the University of Oregon, she is HEDCO Clinic Director and an associate professor of counseling psychology. Dr. Hadley is currently pursuing research in intervening on adolescent risk behaviors via family and individual factors. The majority of her work has focused on the development and testing of interventions targeting parent-adolescent communication, parental monitoring, and adolescent emotion regulation skills. In the past five years, she has begun to explore the use of technology (virtual reality and web-based media) in delivering and enhancing these interventions. She completed a pilot trial examining the impact of a developed adolescent emotion regulation program targeting weight reduction in a sample of adolescents with overweight and obesity and recently obtained funding to examine this intervention among 200 adolescents with obesity over a period of 18 months. She is also interested in better understanding biological indicators of emotion regulation in adolescents and is Principal investigator of a study examining the potential of respiratory sinus arrythmia as a predictor of adolescent substance use behaviors. Future research projects will continue to examine virtual reality as a tool to enhance the development of adolescent emotion regulation skills in risk situations and dissemination of efficacious parenting interventions via web-based programming.
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