Middle School Matters (MSM) Study

Middle school can be a challenging time for many teens with numerous changes and transitions at school, and in relationships with friends and family. For many students, levels of stress increase during middle school. Difficulties managing stress and moodiness put adolescents at risk for many poor outcomes. Dr. Cari McCarty is conducting the MSM study to learn more about effective ways to help students be successful and healthy during the middle school years. The study is evaluating two school-based approaches to help teens learn how to cope with stress and difficult feelings.

Developmental Pathways to Alcohol Use

In the Developmental Pathways to Alcohol Use Study, we are using prospective longitudinal data following youth from 6th to 12th grade to examine the relationship between emotional and behavioral problems and the development of alcohol problems throughout adolescence.