Dr. Temple is a professor, licensed psychologist, and the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the School Behavioral Health Sciences at the University of Texas Health in Houston, where he also holds the Betty and Rose Pfefferbaum Chair in Child Mass Trauma and Resilience. As the Founding Director of the Center for Violence Prevention, his research focuses on the prevention of interpersonal and community violence. Dr. Temple has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has over 250 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He recently co-edited a book on adolescent dating violence, co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence, serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research, and served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Psychological Association. Locally, he served for 7 years as the Vice President of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees. His work has been featured on Forbes, CNN, New York Times, TIME Magazine, Washington Post, and even the satirical website, The Onion.


Doctoral Degree
Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Research Interests

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Adolescent relationship abuse
  • Intersection of violence and substance use
  • Online abuse and harassment
  • Prevention science