Students participate in the Center activities in several ways. They may be involved in doing independent study or a senior thesis concerning areas of relationship development and victimization. Such work might involve participating in ongoing research projects, initiating new research, or conducting literature reviews and critiques. Students involved in the research efforts of the Center engage in the types of experiences necessary to prepare for graduate work. Courses can be offered that address developmental methodology as well as special seminars on child abuse and relationship development. A colloquium series brings international experts to present their work and act as consultants.

Faculty with research and intervention interests related to the Center's mission will participate in the research, mentoring, intellectual exchange, and outreach activities. A center with related research and intervention projects fosters intellectual community as well as increases the chances for external funding. The Center provides synergistic opportunities for collaboration within the Psychology Department and across the School of Culture and Society and other schools (e.g., School of Nursing ). Mentoring will be provided on how to prepare successful grant proposals for federal agencies. Faculty will participate in planning colloquia to enhance theory and research development.