Vey Nordquist formerly directed the Pathways to Family Empowerment (Pathways) project, which is in its third year of funding. It supports two doctoral research assistants and one master’s research assistant. He has always been interested in special populations of children and families. For several years he conducted studies of autistic children in an effort to learn about ways of promoting their social development. He also worked with young children who had conduct problems and examined some of the direct and general effects of punishment on compliance and social interactions with peers and adults.