Research by the Center for Children, Families and Communities

​Recent peer-reviewed articles

In press

Niec, L. N., *Barnett, M. L., *Gering, C . L., *Triemstra, K., & *Solomon, D. T. (in press). Differences in mothers' and fathers' readiness for change in parent training.  Child and Family Behavior Therapy.

Niec, L. N., *Shanley, J., *Barnett, M., *Baker, S., & *Solomon, D (in press).  Optimal or typical performance? The impact of instructional set on the behavioral assessment of parent-child interactions.  Child and Family Behavior Therapy.​

Niec, L.N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D.,*Abbenante-Honold, E.S., *Christian, A.S., *Barnett, M.L., Aguilar, G. & *Peer, S.O (in press). Working Together to Solve Disparities: Latina/o Parents' Contributions to the Adaptation of a Preventive Intervention. Psychological Services.

*Rames-LaPointe, J., Hixson, M. D., Niec, L. N., Rhymer, K. (in press). Evaluation of Errorless Compliance Training in a General Education Classroom. Behavioral Interventions.​


Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Chavez-Korrell, S., Umaña-Taylor, A.J. (2014). Ethnic Identity among US Latinas/Latinos: Considering Context, Lifespan Development, and Methodological Approaches. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(2), 154-169. doi: 10.1177/0011000013476959. 

Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., *Cousineau, J. R., *Quirk, K.M., *Gerhart, J.I., *Bell, K.M. & *Adomako, M.S. (2014). Toward an Asset Orientation in the Study of US Latina/o Youth: Biculturalism, Ethnic Identity, and Positive Youth Development. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(2), 201-229. doi: 10.1177/0011000013477904 (Times Cited: 2)

Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Niec, L.N., *Barnett, M.L., *Bell, K.M., Aguilar, G., *Vilca, J., *Abbenante-Honold, E. S., *Christian, A.S., & *Peer, S.O. (2014). Exploring the role of Natural Helpers in efforts to address disparities for children with conduct problems. Children and Youth Service Review, 40, 1-5.  doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.010

Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., *Quirk, K.M., *Cousineau, J. R., *Saxena, S.R., & *Gerhart, J.I. (2014). Acting bicultural versus feeling bicultural: Cultural adaptation and school-related attitudes among U.S. Latina/o youth. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 13(1), 32 - 47. doi: 10.1177/1538192713514610

*Christian, A., Niec, L. N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., & *Kassab, V. (2014). Dissemination of an Evidence-Based Parenting Program: Clinician Perspectives on Training and Implementation.  Children and Youth Services Review. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.005

*Kassab, V.A., Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., *Grzybowski, M.M., Stout, S., *Richards, A.E., *Barnett, M.L., Guerra-Morales, A., *Bell, K.M., *Crider, E.A., *Beck, K.L., Brookins-Fisher, J., Alfaro, M., & *Saxena, S.R. (2014). Views on Sex and Sex Education among Gang-Involved Latino Youth in the United States. Qualitative Health Research, 24(5), 654-664. doi: 10.1177/1049732314529188


Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Niec, L.N., *Barnett, M.L., & *Bell, K.M. (2013). Incorporating Natural Helpers to Address Service Disparities for Young Children with Conduct Problems. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1463-1467. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.06.003. 

*Barnett, M.L, Niec, L.N., & Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D. (2013). Assessing the Key to Effective Coaching in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: The Therapist-Parent Interaction Coding System. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36(2)​, 211-223. doi: 10.1007/s10862-013-9396-8

McCabe, Kristen, *Shanley, J., Niec, L.N., Naaf, M., Yeh, M., & Lau, A. (2013).  Cultural differences in the parenting of young children: An observational study of low-income Mexican-Americans and European Americans. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 35, 307-326

(*current or former students)

Professional/guild publications

Niec, L.N., & Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D. (March, 2014). Community partnerships to attack Michigan mental health crisis. Bridge Magazine, 242, downloaded on March 14, 2014.

Reports and manuals

CMU CommunityAID & ConnectFamilias Inc. (2014). Current Health Assets and Needs in Little Havana: A Summary of Existing Data and Recommendations for Development. Mt. Pleasant, MI: CMU Center for Children, Families and Communities. 

CMU PCIT Clinic & Starfish Family Services (2014). PCIT in the Community: The State of the Program and Recommendations for Sustainable Implementation. Mt. Pleasant, MI: CMU Center for Children, Families and Communities. 

*Barnett, M., Niec, L., N., & *Peer, S. (2014). Manual for the Therapist-Parent Interaction Coding System (TPICS) –Child-Directed Interaction Component 1st Edition. Mt. Pleasant, MI: CMU Center for Children, Families and Communities.​

Grants and contracts



Juvenile Justice In-home Care Program for Rural Counties 
(Total Costs: $196,661)
State of Michigan Department of Human Services

PI: 29th Circuit Court – Family Division
Role: Implementation and Evaluation Consultants

Little Havana Healthy Community Partnership
(Total Costs: $200,000)
Health Foundation of South Florida
PI: ConnectFamilias Inc.
Role: Community Evaluation Consultants

Selective Prevention of Conduct Disorder in Historically Underserved Preschoolers
(Total Costs: $373,358)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Role: Principal Investigators