University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences


Jose-Michael Gonzalez

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
Degrees: 
M.S. Family Studies & Human Development, B.A. Child Development
Hometown: 
Chicago, Illinois

 

Jose-Michael is a third-year Ph.D. student who recently completed his Master's Thesis quantitative research examining the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey (State of Arizona: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission). Thesis titled: Variability in Antisocial and Prosocial Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Contributions of Peer Behavior and Perceptions of Adult and Peer Feedback. Just recently, his collaborative theoretical manuscript entitled "The Meaningful Roles Intervention: An Evolutionary Approach to Reducing Bullying and Increasing Prosocial Behavior" has been published in Journal of Research on Adolescence.

At the University of Airzona, Jose-Michael recently received the 2016 CALS Meritorious Graduate TA Award at the Master's Level. He also recently recognized as a 2016 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Student Honors Scholar. His recent sole-authored theoretical brief: "Coneptualizing the Transformative Sibling Process: Toward a Framework for Understanding Alternative Coparenting Relationships in Diverse Family Systems" was published in the NCFR Report - Spring 2016 edition. He was also elected as the "Student and Early Career Representative to the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee," as well as the "Early Career Council" of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Also, he was awarded the "2015 Family Therapy Section Outstanding Poster Award by a Student" from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). In addition, he was recently accepted as a "Teaching Mentorship Program Scholar" from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), his teaching mentor is Dr. Amanda Wilcox-Herzog from California State University - San Bernardino.

Also, Jose-Michael is in the design stage of his original intervention dissertation study: Developmental Assets and Positive Youth Development: Health & Well-Being Among Young Ethnic Minority & Marginalized Youth & Cross-Cultural & Cross-National Implications, of which he is the project coordinator working with a cross-national (15 country) interdisciplinary team of seasoned applied psychological and developmental researchers Nora Wiium, Ph.D. (University of Bergen, Norway) & Radosveta Dimitrova, Ph.D. (Stockholm University, Sweden & Hiroshima University, Japan). 

Also, as a graduate research assistant of Dr. Michele Walsh's Intervention & Evaluation team in the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, Jose-Michael is engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Developing Kind Campuses, a rigorous longitudinal collaborative intervention with Sunnyside Unified School District, Ben's Bells Program, and Pima County Juvenile Courts. In addition to consulting on a broad array research proposals and projects. In addition, he works on the evaluation and quantitiative analysis of Camp Born this Way, a summer camp for transgender and gender-creative youth, ages 5-16, and their families, located in Southern Arizona.

Jose-Michael possesses and extensive applied repertoire of skills and experience in early childhood, school-age, and community-based  intervention/prevention and evaluation programs acquired in Chicago as a Public Ally in AmeriCorps, Youth Project Facilitator at Jane Adams Hull House Association, Community Liaison with the Illinois Attorney General's Gang Crime Prevention Center, Children and Youth After-School Programs Director at Gads Hill Center and Christopher House, as well as, in California's Central Valley (a characteristically agricultural region) having worked as a State Preschool Teacher, District Director of After-School Programs and Programs Assessor with several County Offices of Education, as well as, serving as the statewide Rural Programs Co-Chair of the California After-School Network and various governmental advisory boards and committees.

Jose-Michael's program of research entails understanding the positive and negative influences of social interactions, as well as, the family, community, and organizational processes that protect marginalized children and youth with intersectional identities from multiple risks associated with growing up in a high-risk community. Jose-Michael's research interests include applied prevention and intervention programs and evaluation that serve low-income and/or high-risk families with early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescent aged children. His aim is to use this knowledge to advance the theories and methods that can improve our understanding of the dynamics of, contributors to, and impacts of antisocial ideology and violent acts such as bullying, and that can help build protective mechanisms for others. Therefore, his scholarly and research agenda is focused on developing the techniques for drawing upon Positive Youth Development in cross-cultural and cross-national research and analyses to establish developmental-evolutionary-prevention science-based principles that inform policy and applied practice to help design interventions centered on health and well-being outcomes that are intersectoral, multilevel, and multicomponent in ethnic minority and marginalized children, youth and families. Jose-Michael's research repertoire includes investigating the influence of psychological and biological factors and uncovering the pathways of biological embeddedness of stress and developmental success through mixed-methods studies incorporating the collection and analysis of physiological measurements of stress responsivity (i.e., HRA, IBI, GSC, and Cortisol) and mind-body responses to stress. Concerned with mediators of stress primarily in immigrant and economically disadvantaged children and families, as well as, family dynamics. His research also includes parental involvement, dyadic relationships and interactions, early child development in unique family structures, intervention measurement and evaluation including school-based and community-based environments.

Jose-Michael embraces diversity and is active on university-wide student organizations such as the University of Arizona Graduate & Professional Students Council (GPSC), University of Arizona Hillel, University of Arizona M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan), University of Arizona Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and University of Arizona Student Learning Services CATS Academic Department.

"Resilience" implies 'those' children & families. Success is simply about kids and people that refuse to give up or give in! ~Jose-Michael

                                 

Minor: 
Intervention Programs & Evaluation; Minor Advisor: Michele Walsh, PhD
Recent Accomplishments: 

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH STUDIES

- Gonzalez, J.M. (In progress). Variability in Antisocial and Prosocial Behviors in Early Adolescence: Contributions of Peer Behavior and Perceptions of Adult and Peer Feedback, (Quantitative Analysis of the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission) (Original Study).

- Ellis, B.J. Ph.D., Gonzalez, J.M., Embry, D.D., Ph.D., Volk, A., Ph.D., & Walsh, M.E., Ph.D. (In development). A Randomized Trial of a Developmentally-Informed Strategy to Improve School Safety and Climate: Meaningful Roles for Youth (Project Coordinator)

- Gonzalez, J.M., Sinclair, K.O., Ph.D., D'Augelli, A.R., Ph.D. (In progress). Extended Family Members as Support Against Negative Parental Reactions to Coming Out. (Quantitative Study Coordinator)

- Gonzalez, J.M., Gamble, H., & Curran, M.A., Ph.D. (In progress)Dynamics of Relational Sacrificing(Original Study, Co-Principal Investigator)

Gonzalez, J.M., Akcabozan, B., Gamble, H., & Curran, M.A., Ph.D. (In progress). Variability in Daily Relationship Quality: The Roles of Daily Sacrifice Motives and Gender(Original Study, Co-Principal Investigator)

 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

- Ellis, B. J., Volk. A, Gonzalez, J.M., & Embry, D. D. (2015). "The Meaningful Roles Intervention: An Evolutionary Approach to Reducing Bullying and Increasing Prosocial Behavior.” Journal of Research on Adolescence, ***(*), 1–16. doi:10.1111/jora.12243

- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (Under Revision). “Parental School Involvement as a Protective Factor for School Success.” Manuscript to be submitted to Journal of Child and Family Studies.

- Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J.A., Gonzalez, H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (Revision under review).“Cultural factors moderating links between neighborhood disadvantage and parenting and co-parenting among Mexican Origin Families.” Manuscript submitted to Journal of Family Issues.

- Gonzalez, J.M., Sinclair, K. O., & D'Augelli, A. R., Grossman, A. H., (Chapter Abstract Submitted). “Intersectionality and Well-Being Among Racial/Ethnic Minority & LGB Youth/Adolescents: Extended Family Members as Support Against Negative Parental Reactions to Coming Out.” In Well-Being of Youth & Emerging Adults Across Cultures. Springer Publishing.

- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., Parikh, C., & Barnett, M. A. (In progress). “The Influence of Father’s Labor Force Experiences on Child & Family Functioning.”

 

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS 

*Papers

- Gonzalez, J.M. & Barnett, M. A. (2015, November). Transformative Siblings: Co-parenting Relationships in Diverse Family Systems. Paper presented to Theories Workshop Pre-Conference of the NCFR 77th Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/downloads/news/theory_construct...

- Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J. A., Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H. (2015, November). Mexican Origin Mothers’ Use of Physical Discipline and Toddlers’ Behavior Problems: Moderation by Cultural Values and Parenting Beliefs. Paper presented to NCFR 77th Annual National Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Canada. https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/downloa/news/2015_complete_prog...

- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M.A. (2014, November). Parental School Involvement as a Protective Factor for School Success. Paper presented to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD. USA. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2014/wednesday/parental-impact-child-outcomes

- Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (2014. November). Wellbeing in Families with Incarcerated and Uninvolved FathersPaper presented to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD. USA. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2014/thursday/issues-fathering

- Barnett, M.A., Mortenson, J., Gonzalez H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (2014, November). Culturally-Informed Buffers of Risks to Supportive Parenting for Mexican Origin Mothers. Paper presented to SRCD Special Topics Meeting: New Conceptualizations in the Study of Parenting-At-Risk, San Diego, CA. USA. http://www.srcd.org/sites/default/files/documents/2014_srcd_parenting-at...

*Posters

- Gonzalez, J.M., Gamble, H., & Curran, M. A. (2015, November). Approach-Avoidance Motivations of Sacrifice and Relational Quality. Poster presented to NCFR 77th Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Awarded the "2015 Family Therapy Section Outstanding Poster Award by a Student" from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/downloa/news/2015_complete_prog...

- Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez, J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (2014, April). Parental Monitoring and Children’s School and Behavioral Adjustment: Family Structure Comparisons in Low-Income Families. Poster presented to SRCD 2014 Special Topics Meeting, Alexandria, VA., USA http://www.srcd.org/sites/default/files/documents/2014_policy_program_bo...

- Walsh, M., Kaplan, D., Dominguez, V., deBlois, M., Gonzalez, J.M., Van Dop, M., & Blackey, A. (2014). Understanding Kind Campuses: Partnering with the Ben’s Bells Project to Measure Kindness in Schools. Poster presented to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Poster Forum, University of Arizona, USA http://research.cals.arizona.edu/content/understanding-kind-campuses-par...

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

* COURSE INSTRUCTION

Lead Instructor (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)                                 Sociocultural Context of Human Development, FSHD 447a, In-class: Fall 2015

Co-Instructor (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)                                          Lifespan Development, FSHD 117 (Lifespan Human Development) On-line: Pre-Session, Summer 2014

* TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)              Advanced Theories of Family Relations, FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Melissa Curran, Spring 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)             Sociocultural Context of Development, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. Linda Pallock, Spring 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)              Advanced Theories of Family Relations, FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Adam Clark, Fall 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)              Close Relationships, FSHD 237, Instructor: Dr. Kelly Nichols, Spring 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)              Advanced Theories of Family Relations, FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Melissa Curran, Fall 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)              Dynamics of Family Relationships, FSHD 257, Instructor: Dr. Ana Lucero-Liu, Spring 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)              Sociocultural Context of Development, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. James Hunt, Fall 2013

* GUEST LECTURES

Guest Lecture (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)                                    Development in the Context of Peers, Schools, & Community: Youth Development & After School Programs, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. Angela Taylor, Fall 2014 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.77 out of 5.00

Guest Lecture (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)                                    Feminism FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Melissa Curran, Fall 2014  Overall Student Evaluation: 4.73 out of 5.00

Guest Lecture (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)                Unmarried Lives: Singlehood & Cohabitation FSHD 257, Instructor: Dr. Ana Lucero-Liu, Spring 2014 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.56 out of 5.00

Guest Lecture (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)               Development in the Context of Peers, Schools, & Community: After School Programs, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. James Hunt, Fall 2013 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.57 out of 5.00

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

- Behavioral Health Technician                                                  (TMM Family Services, Inc.)                         May 2015-Present

Assist enhancing children and youth independent living skills (pro-social behavior, personal hygiene, and day-to-day living tasks) while promoting economic and social self-sufficiency in group and in the community.

- Academic Tutor    (CATS Academic Department, Student Learning Services, University of Arizona) 2014-Present                                                                                                                                            

Subjects: RNR 170C1:Our Place in Nature: Biology and the Environment; EDP/FSHD/PSY 200: Evolution and Human Development; Spanish 102: Second Semester Spanish                                      

              

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & HONORS

National Council on Family Relations - Family Therapy Section Outstanding Student Poster Award, 2015

Society for Research in Child Development - Teaching Mentorship Program Scholar, 2015

National Research Council of the National Academies - Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention) - 2015

Society for Research in Child Development - Ethnic/Racial Issues & Student/Early Career Committees (Elected Representative) - 2014-2018

University of Arizona - Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant ($750.00), 2015

University of Arizona - Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences Travel Grant ($300.00), 2015

University of Arizona - Mildred R. Hardin Scholarship ($2679.50), 2015

University of Arizona - Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant ($750.00), 2014

University of Arizona - Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences Travel Grant ($250.00), 2014

University of Arizona - Agriculture & Life Sciences Scholarship ($2679.50), 2014-2015

University of Arizona - CALS Graduate College Fellowship, ($4,000), 2014-2015

University of Arizona - Graduate Access Fellowship ($10,000), 2013-2014

University of Arizona - Ruth R. Cowden Scholarship  ($3,408), 2013

University of Arizona - Summer Research Institute Fellowship ($5,000), 2013

Society for Research in Child Development - Frances Degan Horowitz Millenium Scholar, 2013

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Human Development Intervention Network (HDIN), Global Network for Intervention Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries http://lamic.causelabs.com/

Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet), http://azenet.wildapricot.org/

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Student & Early Career Representative on the Ethnic & Racial Issues Committee & Student & Early Career Council (SECC) http://www.srcd.org/

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), https://www.ncfr.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), http://www.naeyc.org/

 

FAMILY STUDIES LAB AFFILIATIONS

Community Research Evaluation & Development Lab (Frances McClelland Institute) - Advisor: Michele Walsh, PhD

Joint Ventures Child Development Lab (Family Studies & Human Development) - Advisors: Ann Mastergeorge, PhD & Melissa Barnett, PhD

Evolutionary Development Lab (Family Studies & Human Development)- Advisor: Bruce J. Ellis, PhD

Evaluation Group and Development (Psychology) - Advisor: Lee Sechrest, PhD

Center for Research in Classrooms (Education) - Advisor: Francesca Lopez, PhD



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