Dr. Vera Lopez is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry. She received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a one-year child clinical research internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lopez then completed a two-year, NIMH funded research post-doc at Arizona State University’s Prevention Research Center. She is currently a Research Associate with the Center for Drug and Social Policy Research at the University of Houston, a Visiting Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Faculty Research Affiliate at Arizona State University’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Lopez has extensive research and clinical experience working in juvenile justice and residential treatment settings. Her research areas include adolescent delinquency, sexual risk taking, substance use, and prevention research. She is currently the PI on a subcontract for a project examining girls’ sexual risk taking as it relates to attachment, gender, relationship power, and drug use. In addition, Lopez is a co-investigator on two other pilot projects focused on adolescent girls’ sexual risk taking and sexualities. Lopez is also actively involved in the community. For the last year and a half, she has served on the Arizona Girls’ Roundtable Steering Committee and has written in the popular press about girls’ issues.