Elizabeth A Goncy (Liz), PhD
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Psychology
 Office: UN 249
 Phone: 216-687-2546
 Email: e.goncy@csuohio.edu
 Web: https://csuheartlab.wixsite.com/my-site
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UN 249, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
dating abuse, aggression, adolescence, young adults, substance use, prevention, intervention, victimization, relationships, dating, peers, parent child relationship, measurement, dyadic data, longitudinal data, LGBTQ+, sexual minority, gender minority, sexual health, consent, healthy relationships,
B.A., Psychology/Music, University of Akron, 2001
M.A., Psychology, Cleveland State University, 2005
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Kent State University, 2011
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Prevention Science/Quantitative Methodology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
Brief Bio:
Dr. Goncy joined the CSU Psychology faculty in the Fall of 2016. She is the Director of the HEART lab and a founding member of the THRiVE research collaborative. The HEART lab focuses on understanding how relationships during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood shape and impact our behavior. Our research program focuses specifically on the areas of aggression and victimization and trauma, and their impact on mental health using developmental psychopathology framework. THRiVE seeks to enhance the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and young adults to improve health and educational equity for sexual and gender diverse youth.

Within her previous position at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Goncy completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and grant funded by the National Institute of Justice on adolescent dating abuse in middle school youth. Dr. Goncy is a licensed psychologist with expertise in assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham through the Civitan-Sparks Clinic, Alabama Children's Hospital and the UAB Medical Center.
Honors and Awards:
2022-2023 A&S Jearl D. Walker Outstanding Teaching Award, CSU Arts & Sciences
Golden Apple Award (Teaching), Young Alumni Council, Cleveland State University, 2022
Outstanding Psychology Teaching Award, Cleveland State University, 2022
McNair Program Mentor of the Year, Cleveland State University, 2022
Department of Psychology Research Award, Cleveland State University, 2019
Psi Chi Model Chapter Award, Psi Chi International Honors Society (Faculty advisor), 2019
Golden Apple Teaching Award, 2018
Credentialed as a National Register Health Service Psychologist, 2016
Excellence in Research, Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Science, 2015
Reuter Developmental Science Fellowship, 2010
Judie Fall Lasser Research Scholarship, 2009
Outstanding Woman Student, University of Akron, 2001
Research Interests:
Dr. Goncy's program of research focuses on the importance of relationships (e.g., romantic, peer, parent-child) on adolescent and young adulthood outcomes, specifically dating abuse, other forms of violence, victimization, and substance use. Specifically, her main research interests are understanding: 1) the etiology of aggression in adolescence and young adulthood including the identification of risk and protective factors and consequences such as victimization and adjustment difficulties, 2) the development of other externalizing behaviors (e.g., substance use, delinquency) and resulting victimization and their relation to risk and protective factors, and 3) the development and experiences of trauma throughout these experiences.
Research Grants:
Teen dating violence victimization in an urban sample of early adolescents: Measurement, prevalence, trajectories, and consequences (1/1/2013-12/31/2016)
This grant's primary objective is to complete a series of secondary data analysis projects which examine dating violence/aggression in an urban sample of middle school students with specific focus on measurement, prevalence, the trajectory of dating violence, associated risk factors, and adjustment.
Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Role: Principal Investigator
Grant No: 2012-IJ-CX-0014
Total Award: $297,297

Reuter Fellowship in Developmental Science (9/1/2009-8/31/2010)
This fellowship is awarded to one outstanding doctoral student at Kent State University contributing to and studying in the area of human development to provide full-time support for completion of the dissertation.
Source: Kent State University, Jeannette and Louis Reuter Endowment Fund
Role: Principal Investigator
Total Award: $12,000