Valerie Caldeira

Research interests

My research focuses on harmful relationship behaviours, such as relationship conflict, partner aggression, and substance abuse. I am particularly interested in these behaviours during the transition to parenthood in order to understand the impact these risky behaviours have on children. My goal is to formulate effective prevention and treatment programs aimed at reducing harmful relationship behaviours in an effort to create healthier and happier families.

Representative publications

Caldeira, V., & Woodin, E. M. (in press). Childhood exposure to aggression and adult relationship functioning: Depression and antisocial behavior as mediators. Journal of Family Violence.

Caldeira, V., & Woodin, E. M. (2012). Social support as a moderator for alcohol-related partner aggression during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence,27(4), 685-705.

Woodin, E. M., Caldeira, V., & O’Leary, D. K. (under review). Dating aggression in emerging adulthood: Impact of dyadic and individual vulnerabilities.

Representative presentations

Caldeira, V., Barber, K., Stonebridge, G., & Woodin, E. M. (2011, August). Prevalence and predictors of physical and psychological aggression during pregnancy. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s 119th Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Caldeira, V., Carey, T. M., Galaugher, T. C., & Woodin, E. M. (2012, August). The intergenerational transmission of aggression: Emotional and behavioural adjustment as mediators. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

Caldeira, V., Durber, C. M., & Woodin, E. M. (2012, November). Alcohol use during the transition to parenthood: Prevalence and predictors. Poster submitted to be presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ 46th Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Recent awards

  • SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship, 2010-2013
  • Quality Move Management Graduate Scholarship – UVic Donor Award, 2011-2012
  • IMPART – Integrated Mentor Program in Addictions Research Training, 2010-2011
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Certificate of Academic Excellence, 2010
  • SSHRC – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship, 2009-2010
  • President’s Research Scholarship, 2009-2010