Family relationships and interaction patterns

Summary

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I love working with families and seeing how they interact in very unique ways. Rather than viewing families as composite of individual members, I believe the magic happens in their interactions (thus, the sum is greater than its parts). Although most people shy away from working with more than two people (e.g., couples), I find it fascinating to see the whole family as it evolves over time (long and short). More specifically, I am interested in how families interact and communicate, both verbally and nonverbally. Most of work with families has been as a family therapist, but I have also been working over the last few years in conducting research on typical family interaction patterns.

We are currently involved in recruiting families for our family interaction study. If your family lives in the Fredericton area, includes at least one 12- to 17-year-old child (who lives with you), and would be interested in participating in our study, please contact us for more information.

Publications

Damashek, A. L., Borduin, C. M., & Ronis, S. T. (in press). The role of environmental hazard in mothers’ beliefs about appropriate supervision. Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Presentations

Williams, N. A., Parra, G. R., Ronis, S. T., Fair, E. C., Hankey, M., & Lui, J. (2013, November). Parent-child conversations about family adversity: A review. Poster session to be presented at the meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.

Ronis, S. T. (2012, November). Expanding the toolbox: Using family assessments in clinical practice. Chaired symposium at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.

McKeown, C. A., & Ronis, S. T. (2012, November). Current knowledge, use, and training practices of family-based assessments among mental health practitioners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.

Parra, G. R., Jobe-Shields, L., & Ronis, S. T. (2012, November). The assessment of family-related emotion socialization in the context of clinical practice with children and adolescents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.

Levesque, G., Malcom, K., & Ronis, S. T. (2012, May). Association between parents’ social support and youth adaptive functioning. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Wolfville, NS.

McKeown, C. A., & Ronis, S. T. (2012, March). Family assessment: Use of family-based measures in clinical practice with youth and families. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, BC.

Damashek, A. M., Williams, N. A., Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2005, April). Environmental distractions and children’s risk for injury. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Media

Fall 2012: Maritime Family Magazine, PEI (interview regarding the effects of the use of technology on family interactions)

Supported by

University of New Brunswick