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Dr. Skowron is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and is a research scientist in the Center for Translational Neuroscience. She studied family systems and the process of family therapy while obtaining her Ph.D. at SUNY Albany. After a pre-doctoral internship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology at the University of California, San Francisco's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, including the Irving B. Harris-funded Child Trauma Project at San Francisco General Hospital (Dr. Alicia Lieberman; Director) evaluating attachment-based child-parent psychotherapy for mothers and preschool children from violent families. A former Fulbright Scholar (Ireland, 2009-2010), she is on the editorial boards of several journals and serves on a standing NIH scientific review panel. Her current research investigates the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in strengthening biological and behavioral markers of emotion regulation and self-control in parents and their children, for family violence prevention.