University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jose-Michael Gonzalez

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


Jose-Michael is a second-year Ph.D. student currently working on his Master's Thesis quantitative research examining the Arizona Youth Survey (State of Arizona: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission) focusing on the influence that positive, supportive adults and peers have on school and community engagement.

Also, Jose-Michael is in the design stage of his original intervention dissertation study: Meaningful Roles: A Developmental-Evolutionary Approach to Increasing Prosocial Behavior and Reducing Bullying, of which he is the project coordinator working with a transnational interdisciplinary team of seasoned applied developmental interventionists and program evaluators: Drs. Ellis, Embry, Walsh, and Dr. Anthony Volk from Brock University in Ontario Canada.

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, Jose-Michael is currently a graduate research assistant with Drs. Barnett, Curran, Helm and Craig from the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences on the Impact of Climate Change Adaptation-Related Stress and Coping on Family Functioning and Adaptation-Related Behaviors (CCARSC), which is a multidisciplinary study: (i.e., family studies, child development, environmental sustainability, physiology) as applied to a whole family experimental design to expose parents to two messages about climate change (fear vs. hope) to understand how this exposure influences (a) concurrent stress responses in parents, (b) the quality of family interactions filmed immediately after, and (c) changes related to climate change adaptive behaviors one week later. Jose-Michael is engaged in human subjects videotaped interaction (manipulation tasks), collection of physiological specimens (cortisol), data coding and analysis, and supervision of undergraduate assistants.

Furthermore, Jose-Michael is currently working with Drs. Lopez, Holliday, and McCaslin from the Center for Research in Classrooms in the Department of Education on the Network for Public Education's 2014 50-State Report Card on Public Education study. Jose-Michael is engaged in quantitative data collection, disaggregation, and analysis of restricted nation-wide educational data sets.

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 Genral'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 children and youth 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 establishing the techniques for using research and data to develop novel science-based anti-violence and anti-bullying intervention programs that help build prosocial and regulatory skills for children and youth.

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 collections 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


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



- Gonzalez, J.M., Ellis, B.J., Ph.D., Volk, A. Ph.D., Embry, D.D., Ph.D., Volk, A. Ph.D., & Walsh, M.E., Ph.D. (In Progress). Meaningful Roles: Anti-Bullying School-Based Intervention. (Original Study, Co-Principal Investigator)

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



- Ellis, B.J., Volk. A, Gonzalez, J.M., & Embry, D.D. (In Progress). The Meaningful Roles Intervention: An evolutionary approach to increasing pro-social behavior and reducing victimization in schools. Manuscript.

- Barnett, M.A., Mortensen, J.A., Gonzalez, H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (Revise & Resubmit). 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., Gamble, H., & Curran, M. (In progress). Relational Dynamics: Understanding the Impact of Daily Sacrifices on Family Quality.

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

-Barnett, M.A., Mortensen, J., Gonzalez, H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (Under Review). Mexican Origin Mothers’ Use of Physical Discipline and Toddlers’ Behavior Problems: Moderation by Beliefs, Behaviors, and Values. Paper submission to SRCD 2015 Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. March, 2015.

- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M.A. (2014, November). Parental School Involvement as a Protective Factor for School Success. Paper to be presented to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD. November, 2014.

- Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (2014. November). Wellbeing in Families with Incarcerated and Uninvolved FathersPaper to be presented to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD. November, 2014.

- 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 to be presented to SRCD Special Topics Meeting: New Conceptualizations in the Study of Parenting-At-Risk, San Diego, CA. November, 2014.


- Gonzalez, J.M., Barnett, M.A., & Gonzalez, H. (Under Review). Social Support Networks Among Low-Income Families During Middle Childhood. Poster submission to SRCD 2014 Special Topics Meeting, San Diego, CA. November, 2014.

-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 submission accepted to SRCD 2014 Special Topics Meeting, Alexandria, VA, April, 2014.




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


Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Advanced 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 Lecture (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)   Feminism FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Melissa Curran, Fall 2014  Overall Student Evaluation: TBD

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



- 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                                       

- Behavioral Health Technician                                                       (Zarephath Preventative Services) Summer 2014

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.



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

University of Arizona - College of Agriculture & Life 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



Human Development Intervention Network (HDIN), Global Network for Intervention Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet)

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



Intervention Programs & Evaluation 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

Mind-Body Medicine Lab (Psychiatry) - Advisor: Charles Raison, MD

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

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