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 research examining the Arizona Youth Survey (State of Arizona: Arizona Criminal Justice Commision) focusing on risk and protective factors in the comprehensive school context.

In addition, as a member 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 rigurous longitudinal collaborative intervention with Sunnyside Unified School District, Ben's Bells Program, and Pima County Juvenile Courts. In addition to consultating on a broad array research proposals and projects.

Also, Jose-Michael currently leads the design, implementation, and management efforts of an international interdisciplinary team of seasoned applied developmental interventionists and program evaluators in Dr. Bruce J. Ellis's Fathers, Parenting, & Families lab as the project coordinator for Meaningful Roles: Anti-Bullying School-Based Intervention.

Jose-Michael possesses and extensive applied repertoire of skills and experience in early childhood, school-age, and out-of-school time intervention and evaluation programs acquired in California's Central Valley (a characteristically agricultural region) having worked as a District Director of After-School Programs and Programs Assessor with several County Offices of Education, as well as, providing service on various governmental advisory committees.

Jose-Michael's research 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 physiological measurements of stress responsivity 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, Jose-Michael's research interests include apllied 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 research also includes parental involvement, dyadic relationships and interactions, early child development in unique family structures, intervention measurement and evaluation including school-based and out-of-school time environments, and relationship dynamics among couples.

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: Bruce J. Ellis, Ph.D.
Recent Accomplishments: 



- Gonzalez, J.M., Ellis, B.J., 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)

- Gonzalez, J.M., & Kapahi, A. (In Progress). Understanding College Adjustment Among First Year Undergraduate Students. (Original Pilot Study, Principal Investigator)



- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., Barnett, M.A., & Curran, M.A. (In progress). Fatherhood & Employment. Manuscript.

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

- Gonzalez, J.M., & Sinclair, K.O. (In Progress). Social Supports Among Youth "Coming Out." Paper


- 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. (Under Review). Parenting Beliefs, Barriers, and Practices: An assessment of the pedagogical Dimensions of Low-Income Fathers' Parenting Practices. Poster submission to SRCD 2014 Special Topics Meeting, San Diego, CA. November, 2014.

- Barnett, M. A., Gonzalez, H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (Under Review). Culturally-informed buffers of risks to supportive parenting for Meixcan origin mothers. 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.



*Instruction Appointments

- Co-Instructor (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) FSHD 117OL: Lifespan Human Development, Summer 2012 Pre-Session

*Graduate Teaching Assistantships

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

- Teaching Assistant  (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Dynamics of Family Relationships, FSHD 257, Instructor: Dr. Ana Lucero-Liu, Spring 2014 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.56 out of 5.00

- Teaching Assistant  (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Sociocultural Context of Development, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. James Hunt, Fall 2013 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.57 out of 5.00



- Behavioral Health Technician                                                       (Zarephath Preventative Services) 2014-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                                                                                                                              

RNR 170C1:Our Place in Nature: Biology and the Environment

EDP/FSHD/PSY 200: Evolution and Human Development                                                  



- 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



- Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet)

- Society for Research in Child Development

- National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



- Joint Ventures Child Development Lab - Advisors: Ann Mastergeorge, PhD & Melissa Barnett, PhD

- Evolutionary Development Lab - Advisor: Bruce J. Ellis, PhD

- Evaluation Group and Development - Advisor: Lee Sechrest, PhD

- Mind-Body Medicine Lab - Advisor: Charles Raison, MD

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