The Latino Resilience Enterprise

People

The Latino Resilience Enterprise

The Latino Resilience Enterprise

Directors

Rebecca White

Rebecca M.B. White, PhD

Rebecca M. B. White's program of research examines Mexican-origin Latino adolescents' development within cultural, neighborhood, and family contexts and with particular attention to (a) the ways in which systems of social stratification within the U.S. shape proximal processes and adolescent development among groups that have historically experienced marginalization and (b) the ways in which groups respond and adapt to these challenges to promote development within bounded groups and communities. Broadly, she aspires to engage in meaningful scholarship (research, mentoring, teaching, and service) geared toward promoting positive development among diverse youths, families, and neighborhoods. Currently, she has support for this work from the William T. Grant Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of child Health and Human Development, and the National Science Foundation. She is seeking graduate students who are curious and persistent, and bring diverse perspectives to the study of contextual influences on adolescent development.

Kimberly Updegraff

Kimberly Updegraff, PhD

Kimberly Updegraff is a Cowden Distinguished Professor of Family and Human Development. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She is in her 21st year as a faculty member at ASU. With funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), her research involves multiple longitudinal studies focused on Mexican American families. The goals of these projects were to examine family dynamics, cultural mechanisms, and youth well-being among Mexican American families. Her most recent project, also funded by NICHD, is a randomized efficacy trial of a family-based prevention program with Latino families in collaboration with the Mesa School District.

Jose Causadias

Jose Causadia, PhD

Jose Causadias's program of research focuses on culture, a central theme in his training and personal life, as he grew up in Panama in a multicultural family and studied in Panama, Spain, and the US. Because participating in different cultural and academic communities has been so enriching to him, he is passionate about connecting and integrating different studies on culture through research synthesis.

Graduate Students

Karina Cahill

Karina M. Cahill
Hometown: Yuma, Arizona

Karina's research interests are in examining contextual influences, specifically the role of family and culture in adjustment (e.g., depressive symptoms, risk behaviors) and academic outcomes among Latino youth. Additional research interests include, intervention program, quantitative systematic review, meta-analysis, and longitudinal research.

Kevin Korous

Kevin M. Korous
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin's applied research focuses on how socioeconomic status and racial discrimination is related to development across the life span. His quantitative interest is on meta-analytic methodology.

Stefanie Martinez-Fuentes

Stefanie Martinez-Fuentes
Hometown: Round Lake Beach, Illinois

Stefanie's research interests include examining ethnic-racial identity development and national identity development among Latino youth in the U.S. Specifically, she plans to closely examine the influence that gender, phenotype, generational status, and nativity, among other factors, have on these normative developmental processes among Latino youth. Furthermore, she hopes to identify methods to promote ethnic-racial identity development as a tool to encourage academic engagement.

Ana Maria Melendez Guevara

Ana Maria Melendez Guevara
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Ana's research interests include children and families in context of risk and adversity while studying the intersection of culture and development within ethnic minorities and historically marginalized communities, micro and macro mechanism of resilience, mental health, and community based interventions.

Michelle Pasco

Michelle Pasco
Hometown: Azusa, California

Michelle's research utilizes mixed methods and multiple data sources to understand the lived experiences of ethnic-racial minoritized adolescents in ethnically and racially segregated neighborhoods. Her current research examines the messages and symbols that exists in segregated Latino neighborhoods and how that influences Latino adolescents ethnic-racial identity and experiences.

Dalal Safa

M. Dalal Safa

Dalal's research interest include biculturalism, dual-cultural adaption, immigration and migration, and multiculturalism.

Daye Son

Daye Son
Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Daye's research interests include parent-child relationship, child disclosure, and prosocial behavior.

Jenny Chang Zhao

Jenny Chang Zhao
Hometown: Shanghai, China

Jenny's in interested in how youth are influenced by the contexts in which they are embedded, particularly focusing on how family, neighborhood, and cultural factors might shape Latino adolescent's emotional, psycho-social and behavioral well-being.

Identity Project

Identity Project

Executive Director:

  • Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor
    ASU Foundation Professor, The Sanford School

Co-Directors:

  • Flavio Marsiglia
    Distinguished Foundation Professor of Cultural Diversity and Health, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center
  • Kimberly Updegraff
    Cowden Distinguished Professor, The Sanford School

Graduate Research Assistants:

  • Diamond Bravo
  • Chelsea Derlan
  • Stefanie Fuentes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow:

  • Sara Douglass, Ph.D.

Sisters and Brothers are Special Project

Sisters and Brothers are Special Project

Executive Director:

  • Kimberly Updegraff
    Cowden Distinguished Professor, The Sanford School

Co-Directors:

  • Adriana Umaña-Taylor
    ASU Foundation Professor, The Sanford School
  • Mark Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Susan McHale
    Professor of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University

Graduate Research Assistant:

  • Samantha Sang
    Graduate Research Assistant, The Sanford School

Supporting MAMI Project

Supporting MAMI Project

Principal Investigators:

  • Adriana Umaña-Taylor
    ASU Foundation Professor, The Sanford School
  • Kimberly Updegraff
    Cowden Distinguished Professor, The Sanford School
  • Laudan Jahromi
    Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

Current and Past Graduate Research Assistants:

  • Danielle Seay
  • Diamond Bravo
  • Chelsea Derlan
  • Elizabeth Harvey-Mendoza
  • Melissa Herzog
  • Jacqueline Pflieger
  • Sarah Killoren
  • Mayra Bámaca
  • Edna Alfaro
  • Melinda Gonzales-Backen
  • Emily Cansler

The Success in Latino Neighborhoods Project

The Success in Latino Neighborhoods Project

Executive Director:

  • Rebecca White
    Associate Professor, The Sanford School

Graduate Research Assistants:

  • Elizabeth Burleson
  • Michelle Pasco

Families Preparing the New Generation

Families Preparing the New Generation

Principal Investigator:

  • Flavio F. Marsiglia, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator:

  • Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators:

  • Scott Yabiku, Ph.D.
  • Cecilia Ayon, Ph.D.
  • Lela Rankin, Ph.D.

Community Partner:

  • American Dream Academy

Program Coordinator and ADA Liaison:

  • Chelsea Coyne

Nuestra Herencia Project

Nuestra Herencia Project

Principal Investigator:

  • José M. Causadias, Ph.D.
  • Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D.