Tasha R. Howe

Dr. Tasha R. Howe, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
(707) 826-3759
BSS #422

Dr. Howe did her undergraduate work at U.C. Santa Barbara, and her graduate work at U.C. Riverside, in the area of developmental psychology. She did her master's and doctoral work on abused children's social and emotional development. Her work with abused children led her to delve deeply into the theory and research of parent-child attachment. She began to recognize that violence is not just a problem with individual families, but that societies vary in family violence rates. In addition to adhering strongly to attachment theory, she formed theoretical alliances with Vygotsky's sociocultural theory (recognizing the importance of more advanced members of one's culture for the individual's cognitive growth), and Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Theory (showing how each individual exists within multiple systems of influence, from families, to neighborhoods, to social systems, to cultures).

When Tasha finished her Ph.D., she went on to an NIMH-sponsored postdoctoral program in Developmental Psychopathology at Vanderbilt University. There she completed a study on the impact of the timing of abuse on children's externalizing (e.g. aggression) and internalizing (e.g. depression) problems.

Dr. Howe's first faculty position was at a small, private liberal arts college in Kentucky, where she specialized in all forms of human development, both normal and atypical. She came to HSU in 2002. She teaches most of the courses in the department related to child and family development, including human development, developmental psychopathology, family relations in contemporary society (for which she wrote the textbook), and family violence.

As a developmental psychopathologist, Dr. Howe recognizes the importance of studying both normal developmental milestones and atypical transformations of children's functioning together. The field of developmental psychopathology works to restore functioning along children's normal developmental trajectories in order to optimize outcomes. Treatments focusing on attachment and emotion regulation are particularly important in that the ultimate goal is to help individuals regulate their neuroendocrine functioning and modulate HPA-Axis dysregulation in order to function happily and peacefully in social and emotional contexts. Developmental psychopathology and violence prevention within the famly and across the globe are Dr. Howe's two research and teaching passions.

Tasha loves traveling around the world and in 2008 was a Fulbright Scholar to the island nation of Cyprus. She worked with both Greek and Turkish Cypriots on issues related to child maltreatment and violence prevention. This included teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in both communities, speaking at conferences in Cyprus and Athens, Greece, and training Greek Cypriot social workers, educators, and police professionals on the skills of violence prevention with families. She also did a large public lecture for government ministers and dignitaries on the effects of media violence on children's socioemotional and brain development. This led to an invitation to speak at the U.S. Embassy on the same topic.

Here at home, Dr. Howe is always interested in community-based research, working with various social service and child health and development agencies on violence prevention and community and family violence issues. She supervises student research on any topic related to child development or family relations/violence issues. She has also conducted research on, written about, and published on the science of teaching (pedagogy). She was a 2004 Service-Learning Fellow at HSU, illustrating her commitment to connecting students with children, families, and organizations in the local community. She thinks "town-gown" connections are vital for violence prevention and helping children reach their developmental potential.

Tasha is also a nationally certified trainer for the ACT (Adults and Children Together) Against Violence Raising Safe Kids program developed by the American Psychological Association. In this regard, she and her students have published several program evaluations. To learn more about this program, see www.actagainstviolence.apa.org.

Howe, T.R., & Friedman, H.S.
Sex and gender in the 1980s heavy metal scene: groupies, musicians, and fans recall their experiences.
Sexuality and Culture, DOI: 10.1007/s12119-013-9218-x.
Howe, T.R.
Marriages & Families in the 21st Century: A Bioecological Approach.
Weymouth, L.A., & Howe, T.R.
A multi-site evaluation of Parents Raising Safe Kids Violence Prevention Program.
Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1960-1967
Knox, M., Burkhart, K., & Howe, T.R.
Effects of the ACT Raising Safe Kids parenting program on children's externalizing problems.
Family Relations, 60, 491-503.
Howe, T.R.
International social welfare: Guidelines for educators and a case study from Cyprus.
Journal of Social Work Education, 46, 425-442.
Porter, B.E. & Howe, T.R.
Pilot Evaluation of the ACT Parents Raising Safe Kids Violence Prevention Program.
Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1, 196-206
Howe, T.R.
The challenge of travel: Reflections on the Fulbright Experience.
Psychology International Newsletter. APA Office of International Affairs.
Miguel, J.J., & Howe, T.R.
Implementing and evaluating a national early violence prevention program at the local level: Lessons from ACT (Adults and Children Together) Against Violence.
Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology, 2, 17-38.
Howe, T.R.
(Fall, 2005).
What is service-learning and why should I use it?
Newsletter of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 8.
Howe, T.R.
Lessons Learned from political violence and genocide: Teaching a psychology of peace.
Teaching of Psychology, 31, 149-153.
Keiley, M.K., Howe, T.R., Dodge, K.A., Pettit, G.S., & Bates, J.E.
The timing of child physical maltreatment: A cross-domain growth analysis of impact on adolescent externalizing and internalizing problems.
Development and Psychopathology, 13, 891-912.
Howe, T.R., & Parke, R.D.
Friendship quality and sociometric status: Between-group differences and links to loneliness in severely abused and non-abused children.
Child Abuse and Neglect, 25, 585-606
Howe, T.R., Tepper, F.L., & Parke, R.D.
The emotional understanding and peer relations of abused children in residential treatment.
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 15, 69-82.
Pugh, R.H., Tepper, F.L., Halpem-Felsher, B.L., Howe, T.R., Tomlinson-Keasey, C., & Parke, R.D.
Changes in abused children's social and cognitive skills from intake to discharge in a residential treatment center.
Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 14, 65-83.
Howe, T.R.
(2014, Invited).
Neurodevelopmental versus traditional clinical approaches to assessment and treatment of childhood psychopathology (PARTS I & II).
Presented at the International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. San Diego, CA.
Howe, T.R., Friedman, H.J., Alcazar, E.L., Vazquez, E.J., Becker, R.L., & Murphy, S.E.
Heavy metal enthusiasts at mid-life: Developmental trajectories and functioning three decades later.
Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Seattle, WA.
Alcazar, E.L., Vazquez, E.J., Becker, R.L., & Howe, T.R.
Links between childhood maltreatment, personality variables and adult attachment quality.
Presented at the conference for the Western Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
Haas, E., & Howe, T.R.
(2011, Invited).
ACT Raising Safe Kids with adolescent parents: Relationships to parenting competence and dating violence.
Presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual ACT Leadership Conference. Washington, DC.
Howe, T.R., & Weymouth, L.A.
A multi-site evaluation of the Parents Raising Safe Kids violence prevention parenting curriculum.
Presented at the conference for the American Psychological Association. San Diego, CA.
Howe, T.R.
Finding and creating opportunities to internalize graduate education.
Presented at the conference for the American Psychological Association. San Diego, CA.
Howe, T.R.
Teaching in developing nations: Tips for designing and implementing courses.
Presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Institute. Denver, CO.
Howe, T.R.
Child abuse and social service issues in a divided country: Working with Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the island of Cyprus.
Presented at the conference for the Amercian Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
Howe, T.R.
(2008, Invited).
The effects of violence exposure on children's development: Parenting and policy issues.
Presented at the conference for the International Childhood and Youth Research Network, sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund. European University, Cyprus.
Howe, T.R.
(2008, Invited).
Program evaluations in both academic and community settings for the ACT Against Violence Program.
Presented at the Congress for Developmental Psychology. University of Athens, Greece.
Weede-Alexander, K., Howe, T.R., & Gottfried, G.
Beyond lecture: Innovative tools for engaging students in cognitive developmental science.
Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Developmental Science Teaching Institute. Boston, MA.
Howe, T.R.
Global perspectives on child welfare.
Presented as part of International Education Week. Humboldt State University.
Howe, T.R., Gage, T., Engel, R., Bagiyev, A.
U.S. State Department-funded international opportunities.
Presented as part of International Education Week. Humboldt State University.
Howe, T.R.
ACT Against Violence on day CEU training for psychologists.
Presented at the Montana Psychological Association meeting.
Howe, T.R.
Bang, bang: You're dead! How media violence affects children's development and behavior.
Presented at the United States Embassy. Nicosia, Cyprus.
Howe, T.R.
The effects of media violence on children's brain development and socioemotional adjustment.
Public lecture presented for community leaders and foreign dignitaries at the European University of Cyprus.
Howe, T.R.
ACT Against Violence two-day violence prevention training for professionals.
Trained 30 social workers, police officers, and educators under the auspices of the Social Work Department, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Child Welfare Services of Cyprus, European University of Cyprus. Nicosia, Cyprus.