Paula S. Nurius


Ph.D. 1984, University of Michigan. Stress effects, violence/trauma exposure of adolescents and women, adolescent to early adulthood development, prevention research and intervention, Identity and self-concept, Social cognition.

Department: School of Social Work
Position: Professor
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Phone: (206) 685-1682
Box: 354900
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Research Summary:

Paula Nuriusís research applies a social psychological analysis to assessing the mental health needs of vulnerable populations and early/preventive intervention to improve well-being and foster resilience. Her research largely focuses on processes and effects of stress, aiming to distinguish both the distinct and combined effects of adverse or traumatic experiences and chronic stress associated with poverty and social disadvantage. Dr. Nurius collaborates with several research teams, with projects focusing on: victims of violence (testing the impact of polyform exposures, modeling situational and longer term coping, investigating distinct needs of populations with both violent victimization and perpetration histories including juvenile justice system implications), longitudinal trajectories of at-risk youth into adulthood (risk and protective factor analysis of family and environmental stress, amelioration by personal/social resources, and refocusing preventive interventions), links of life course stress to health disparities such as adverse birth outcomes, effects of early childhood trauma on later mental and physical health conditions, and stress effects of combat and repeat deployment on military personnel and their families. She is integrating attention to physical and mental health (eg, depression and obesity) related to stress burden, and ways that neurobiological processes embody and add to psychosocial outcomes of stress. Nurius also brings longstanding involvement in research training. She has directed an NIMH funded training program for 14 years and has served in national roles to advance research training in social welfare and allied disciplines. In her role as Vice-President of the Society for Social Work & Research, she has cultivated innovations in research training and capacity building.

Recent Publications:

Nurius, P. S., (Forthcoming), Cognition and social cognitive theory, Encyclopedia of social work, Mizrahi, T.; Davis, L., NASW, Washington, DC.

Nurius, P. S.; Macy, R. J., (Forthcoming), Cognitive behavioral theory, Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare, Volume 2: Human behavior in the social environment, Thyer, B. A.; Sowers, K. M.; Dulmus, C. N., Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Nurius, P. S.; Green, S., (Forthcoming), Cognitive behavior therapy with diverse and stressed populations, Oxford bibliographies in social work, Mullen, E. J., Oxford University Press, New York.

Nurius, P. S.; Hoy-Ellis, C. P., (Forthcoming), Stress effects and health, Encyclopedia of Social Work Online, Franklin, C., NASW & Oxford University Press.

Nurius, P. S.; Green, S., (Forthcoming), Practice evaluation methods: Practical variations on a theme, Case studies in social work practice, LeCroy, C. W., Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.

Nurius, P. S.; Uehara, E.; Zatzick, D., (Forthcoming), Poverty, stress, and trauma: Implications for mental health and mental health intervention, American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Green, S.; Nurius, P. S.; Lester, P., (Forthcoming), Spouse psychological well-being: A key stone to military family health, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Logan-Greene, P.; Nurius, P. S.; Hooven, C.; Thompson, E. A., (Forthcoming), The sustained impact of adolescent violence histories on emerging adulthood outcomes, Victims & Offenders.

Nurius, P. S.; Russell, P. L.; Herting, J.; Thompson, E.; Hooven, C., (Forthcoming), Multi-form violence exposure and risk and protective profiles among vulnerable youth, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma.

Nurius, P. S.; Macy, R. J.; Holt, V., (Forthcoming), Escape and protection profiles: Detecting important heterogeneity for safety among battered women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Casey, E.; Nurius, P. S., (Forthcoming), Acquaintance sexual assault and sexual harassment treatment and prevention among teens, The school services sourcebook, Franklin, C.; Harris, M. B.; Allen-Meares, P., Oxford University Press.

Cormier, S.; Nurius, P. S.; Osborn, C., (2013), Interviewing and change strategies for helpers , Cengage Learning, Pacific Grove, CA.

Casey, E. A.; Nurius, P. S., (2013), Acquaintance sexual assault and sexual harassment treatment and prevention among teens, The School Services Sourcebook, Oxford University Press, New Oxford.

Nurius, P. S.; Kemp, S. P., (2012), Response: Social Work, Science, Social Impact: Crafting an Integrative Conversation, Research on Social Work Practice Research on Social Work Practice, 22: 5, 548-552.

Nurius, P. S.; Green, S.; Logan-Greene, P., (2012), Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) within a social disadvantage framework: Distinguishing unique, cumulative, and moderated contributions to adult mental health, Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 40: 4, 278-290.

Gavin, A. R.; Nurius, P.; Logan-Greene, P., (2012), Mediators of Adverse Birth Outcomes Among Socially Disadvantaged Women, Journal of Women's Health.

Hooven, C.; Nurius, P. S.; Logan-Greene, P.; Thompson, E. A., (2012), Childhood violence exposure: Cumulative and specific effects on adult mental health, Journal of Family Violence, 27: 6, 511-522.

Logan-Greene, P.; Nurius, P. S.; Thompson, E. A., (2012), Distinct Stress and Resource Profiles Among At-Risk Adolescents: Implications for Violence and Other Problem Behaviors, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 29: 5, 373-390.

Logan-Greene, P.; Nurius, P. S.; Herting, J.; Hooven, C.; Walsh, E.; Thompson, E. A., (2011), Multi-Domain Risk and Protective Factor Predictors of Violent Behavior among At-Risk Youth, Journal of Youth Studies, 14: 4, 413-429.

Nurius, P. S.; Macy, R. J.; Nwabuzor, I.; Holt, V., (2011), Intimate Partner Survivors' Help-Seeking and Protection Efforts: A Person-Oriented Analysis, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26: 3, 539-566.

Russell, P. L.; Nurius, P. S.; Herting, J.; Walsh, E.; Thompson, E. A., (2010), Violent victimization and perpetration: Joint and distinctive implications for adolescent development, Victims and Offenders, 5: 4, 329-353.

Nurius, P. S., (2010), Rethinking the bar on standards of evidence for social work intervention research, Research on Social Work Practice, 20: 5, 547-549.

Nurius, P. S.; Macy, R. J., (2010), Person-oriented methods in partner violence research: Distinct biopsychosocial profiles among battered women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25: 6, 1064-1093.

Nurius, P.; Russell, P.; Herting, J.; Hooven, C.; Thompson, E., (2009), Risk and Protective Profiles Among Never Exposed, Single Form, and Multiple Form Violence Exposed Youth, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 2: 2, 106-123.

Nurius, P.; Cormier, L. S.; Osborn, D. S., (2009), Interviewing and change strategies for helpers: Fundamental skills and cognitive-behavioral interventions , Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, GA.

Nurius, P.; Macy, R., (2008), Heterogeneity Among Violence-Exposed Women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23: 3, 389-415.

Nurius, P. S., (2008), Cognition and social cognitive theory, Encyclopedia of social work , Davis, T. M. L., NASW, Washington DC.

Macy, R.; Nurius, P.; Norris, J., (2007), Latent Profiles Among Sexual Assault Survivors: Understanding Survivors and their Assault Experiences, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22: 5, 543-565.

Nurius, P. S.; Macy, R. J., (2007), Cognitive behavioral theory, Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare, Dulmus, K. M. S. a. C. N., Volume 2: Human behavior in the social environment, Wiley, New York.

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