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Michelle L. Kelley, Old Dominion University professor of psychology, will be a guest on the public radio show "With Good Reason," which airs July 21-26. She will discuss her research concerning alcoholism among women.

The program will be broadcast in southeastern Virginia by WHRV-89.5 F.M. at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. A broadcast also can be heard by visiting the Hampton Roads public broadcasting family of Web sites at WHRO.org.

At withgoodreasonradio.org, the program will be available in the future within the site's archives. "With Good Reason" is produced for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and is broadcast in partnership with public radio stations in Virginia and Washington, D. C.

Recent research by Kelley has examined outcomes for children of a drug-abusing or alcohol-abusing parent, the effects of deployment on Navy families and the importance of fathers in children's development.

One research focus has been on the type of alcohol-abuse treatment therapies that are most successful for women. Kelley was part of a team whose paper published last year in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology reported on treatments for women that are quite different from treatments traditionally prescribed for men.

Kelley said women tend to respond better to therapies that focus on family and personal relationships. This includes couples therapy emphasizing not only abstinence, but also the strengthening of relationships.

This article was posted on: July 3, 2007

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