Connie J. A. Beck, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Arizona. She is also the Director of the Department's new Accelerated Master's Program. Her research interests focus broadly on how the legal system can be adjusted to minimize psychological distress for those who use it. Dr. Beck’s research has investigated short- and long-term outcomes for divorcing couples experiencing intimate partner violence and mediating their disputes. She also has investigated the effectiveness of parenting coordinator programs for high conflict families involved in family courts. Working with colleagues at Indiana University, Dr. Beck recently developed an assessment instrument for assessing intimate partner violence in the mediation context. With her graduate students Dr. Beck's research is now moving toward issues related to traumatized children involved in the legal system and the successes and failures of the involuntary civil commitment process.