The Fourth R with Dr Jeff Temple

The Fourth R with Dr. Jeff Temple #TDVAM – FTQA 080

Dr. Jeff Temple, Associate Professor from University of Texas Medical Branch, joins the show as an Honorary Dugan to discuss healthy relationships education in school-based programs. The Fourth R is one curriculum that is designed to build resiliency and relationship skills among youth. Strong skills in Relationships are just as important as Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic in our adult lives.

You’ll hear reasons why programs like The Fourth R can impact teen dating violence, future relationships, and future careers.

Jeff Temple, the Brains Behind The Fourth R Curriculum

Dr. Temple is an Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on teen dating violence. His research has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

He has nearly 100 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including Journal of the American Medical AssociationJAMA PediatricsJournal of Youth and AdolescencePediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. Dr. Temple is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention, and is on the editorial boards of five other scientific journals.

And, most recently, Dr. Temple was appointed by the Director of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to Vice Chair a state Task Force on Domestic Violence. Locally, he is the Vice President of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Resources and Links to receive more information about The Fourth R program. is a great resources for youth where information on teen dating violence is presented in an age-appropriate way.

Get in touch with Dr. Jeff Temple via email or follow him on Twitter.

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Music attribution: Oceans Apart by Scott Holmes

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