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Dr. Christie Rizzo has a particular interest in developing effective prevention programs for young people. A clinical psychologist, researcher at Lifespan Corporation, and professor at Northeastern University, her interest in studying dating violence emerged from her clinical work treating adolescents with mental health symptoms in hospitals and juvenile justice settings, as well as in her research linking mental health and romantic relationships.

In her latest effort, she is examining potential solutions on how to reduce dating violence among young women involved with the Rhode Island Family Court. She told the Globe that she hopes that the program she developed, called “Date SMART,” which is being used in this research, will eventually reach other juvenile justice agencies nationwide.


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