University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jose Miguel Rodas

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
B.A. Family and Child Studies, Montclair State University
Long Branch, New Jersey


I am a third-year graduate student in the Family Studies and Human Development program in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. My research interests are Latino families and how culture and society affects parent-child relationships in the United States. This year, I was blessed to recieve the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowhsip for my proposal "Latino College Student Resiliency to Ambiguous Loss of Family Relationships" which will be my project for my thesis and dissertation. In this research project, using Ambiguous Loss as my theoretical framework, I will examine how the college environmnet alters the relationship and how resiliency is developed overtime among Latino college students and their families. I am also involved in other projects with my awesome advisor, Dr. Andrea, J. Romero, Fitch Nesbitt Professor of Family Studies and Human Development and Director for the Francis McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. Currently, we are examing ethnic identity, educational achievement, and mental health outcomes among low-income Latino families and adolescents. Currently, Dr. Romero, Monica Moreno, and I are examining youth and caregivers affiliated with La Zona de Promesa (Children's Promise Zone) on economic stress and ethnic identity.

Aside from my research duties, I hold leadership positions. I currently serve as Student/New Professional Representative for the Ethnic Minorities Section of the National Council on Family Relations.

During my free time, I love to delve into my Russian Literature books (just finished Anna Karenina and finishing up War and Peace) and watch reruns on Star Trek (New Star Trek movie coming out 2016!!). "Live Long and Prosper!"

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Research Interests:

  • Latino Families
  • Latino adolescent development
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Community development
  • First generation college students


Recent Accomplishments: 


National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2017) $32,000.00, annually.

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2014). Honorable Mention.

GPSC Travel Grant Award (2013). $500.00

FSHD Travel Grant (2013). $200.00

Graduate Access Fellowship (2013-2014). $10,000.00



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