University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences


Ashley Dixon

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
Degrees: 
Master's in Infant Family Practice (Infant Mental Health)
Hometown: 
Casa Grande, AZ

Currently I manage a research project that evaluates the effectiveness of the PIPE early intervention program in collaboration with 4 Family Resource Centers throughout Arizona (all FRCs are funded by First Things First and managed by Extension offices in both Santa Cruz and Maricopa counties). Through this project I am able to combine both my loves of community programming and research as it pertains to early childhood development! Additionally, I currently work as a teaching associate for both FSHD 117 (Lifespan Human Development) and FSHD 323 (Infancy and Childhood Development). I have discovered through TAing multiple courses as well as solo/co-teaching at the University of Arizona that I am very passionate about educating undergraduates and assisting in expanding their knowledge through new and innovative ways. Please contact me if you would like more information about my current work or my employment history working in multiple communities, which is outlined in my attached CV.

 

 

RESEARCH INTERSTS

  • Children Exposed to Trauma and Maltreatment
  • Maternal Interventions in High Risk Populations
  • Attachment between Young Children and Their Caregivers (Multicultural)
  • Cross-cultural Parenting Styles
  • Interventions for Children Abused or Exposed to Family Violence
Recent Accomplishments: 

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PRESENTATIONS

 

  • Paschall, K., Mastergeorge, A.M., Dixon, A., Dixon, D., & Curley, D. (2014, June). Maternal Sensitivity and Toddler Engagement in a Parent-Mediated Intervention in High Risk Families. Poster presented at the World Association on Infant Mental Health World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. (Presenting Author)
  • Mastergeorge, A. M., Paschall, K., Dixon, A., & Loeb, S. (2014, June). The Still-Face Paradigm and Bidirectionality: Associations with Maternal Sensitivity, Self-Esteem and Infant Emotional Reactivity. Poster presented at the World Association on Infant Mental Health World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • “Facilitating Positive Parent-Child Interactions.” 4th Annual Family Support Conference: Year of the Home Visitor. United Way and First Things First. Tucson, AZ. April 4, 2014. 50% Responsibility.
  • “Attachment: What is it and why should we care?” University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Santa Cruz County. Nogales, AZ. March 21, 2014.
  • Simple Ideas to Make Big Impacts in the Lives of New Mothers: Nurse Family Partnership Professional Development Training. South Phoenix Nurse Family Partnership, Phoenix, AZ. November 18, 2011. 50% Responsible.
  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference. Child Development Screening: What are the tools? Is there a role for Extension?  Albuquerque, NM, September 2011.  50% Responsibility.

 

INVITED LECTURES

 

  • “The long term effects of exposure to violence in the home.” University of Arizona, Lifespan Human Development: FSHD 117. May 2014.
  • “Children in the Face of Abuse.” University of Arizona, Infancy and Childhood Development: FSHD 323. Tucson, AZ. May 6, 2014.
  • “Infant Mental Health? What is it and why should you care?” University of Arizona, Problems in Development: FSHD 427c. Tucson, AZ. December 5, 2013.
  • “Family Violence and the Children Caught in the Middle.” University of Arizona, Dynamics of Family Relations: FSHD 257. Tucson, AZ. April 4, 2013.

 

SERVICE

2013-2014     Elected Graduate Representative for Norton School Director Search Committee

2013-2014     Elected Treasurer for Family Studies Student Round Table 

2011-2012     Served as a community provider on the Central Arizona Kinship Care Coalition

2011-2012     Service provider on the South Phoenix Preventive Health Collaborative

2010-2012     Served on the Travis L. Williams Family Services Center Community Council

2006             Orphanage Support Services Organization - Provided one-on-one and small group care to orphans ages 0-7 in Ecuador.

2002-2004    Big Brothers Big Sisters - Was a Big Sister while in High School and was a youth member of the local BBBS Board in Pinal County.

2001-2003    Community Partnership to Reduce Teen Pregnancy (CPRTP) - Youth Board member and participated in Teen Mazes in Pinal County.

1998-2000    University of Arizona Cooperative Extension - Assisted Parent Aide by providing childcare during parenting classes and attended home visits to CPS Referred Families.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

2013             Recipient of Graduate Student Travel Award (GPSC)

2012-2014    Recipient of the Graduate Professional Development (formerly Cowden/Bruhn Award)

2012             Marketing Package Award from National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Western Region Winner

2009             Reviewer for First Things First Hearing and Vision Screening RFGA for the Pinal/Gila County Regional Council

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Mastergeorge, A., Paschall, K., Loed, S. L., & Dixon, A. (2014) The Still-Face Paradigm and Bidirectionality: Associations with Maternal Sensitivity, Self-Esteem and Infant Emotional Reactivity. Revise and resubmit under review in Infant Mental Health Journal.
  • Dixon, A. (Extension publication). AZ REACH. Promoting Positive-Parent Child Relationships; Research brief. Azreach.org

 

AFFILIATIONS

 

  • Member of First Focus on Kids (FFK) Community Group
  • Member of World Association of Infant Mental Health
  • Member of Society of Research on Child Development
  • Member of National Council on Family Relations
  • Member of Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona
  • Treasures of Family Studies Student Round Table
  • National Extension Association of Family And Consumer Sciences

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PRESENTATIONS

 

  • Paschall, K., Mastergeorge, A.M., Dixon, A., Dixon, D., & Curley, D. (2014, June). Maternal Sensitivity and Toddler Engagement in a Parent-Mediated Intervention in High Risk Families. Poster presented at the World Association on Infant Mental Health World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. (Presenting Author)
  • Mastergeorge, A. M., Paschall, K., Dixon, A., & Loeb, S. (2014, June). The Still-Face Paradigm and Bidirectionality: Associations with Maternal Sensitivity, Self-Esteem and Infant Emotional Reactivity. Poster presented at the World Association on Infant Mental Health World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
  • “Facilitating Positive Parent-Child Interactions.” 4th Annual Family Support Conference: Year of the Home Visitor. United Way and First Things First. Tucson, AZ. April 4, 2014. 50% Responsibility.
  • “Attachment: What is it and why should we care?” University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Santa Cruz County. Nogales, AZ. March 21, 2014.
  • Simple Ideas to Make Big Impacts in the Lives of New Mothers: Nurse Family Partnership Professional Development Training. South Phoenix Nurse Family Partnership, Phoenix, AZ. November 18, 2011. 50% Responsible.
  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference. Child Development Screening: What are the tools? Is there a role for Extension?  Albuquerque, NM, September 2011.  50% Responsibility.

 

INVITED LECTURES

 

  • “The long term effects of exposure to violence in the home.” University of Arizona, Lifespan Human Development: FSHD 117. May 2014.
  • “Children in the Face of Abuse.” University of Arizona, Infancy and Childhood Development: FSHD 323. Tucson, AZ. May 6, 2014.
  • “Infant Mental Health? What is it and why should you care?” University of Arizona, Problems in Development: FSHD 427c. Tucson, AZ. December 5, 2013.
  • “Family Violence and the Children Caught in the Middle.” University of Arizona, Dynamics of Family Relations: FSHD 257. Tucson, AZ. April 4, 2013.

 

SERVICE

 

2013-2014    Elected Graduate Representative for Norton School Director Search Committee

2013-2014    Elected Treasurer for Family Studies Student Round Table

2011-2012    Served as a community provider on the Central Arizona Kinship Care Coalition

2011-2012    Service provider on the South Phoenix Preventive Health Collaborative

2010-2012    Served on the Travis L. Williams Family Services Center Community Council

2006            Orphanage Support Services Organization - Provided one-on-one and small group care to orphans ages 0-7 in Ecuador.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

2013             Recipient of Graduate Student Travel Award (GPSC)

2012-2014    Recipient of the Graduate Professional Development (formerly Cowden/Bruhn Award)

2012             Marketing Package Award from National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Western Region Winner  

 

2009             Reviewer for First Things First Hearing and Vision Screening RFGA for the Pinal/Gila County Regional Council

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Mastergeorge, A., Paschall, K., Loed, S. L., & Dixon, A. (2014) The Still-Face Paradigm and Bidirectionality: Associations with Maternal Sensitivity, Self-Esteem and Infant Emotional Reactivity. Revise and resubmit under review in Infant Mental Health Journal.
  • Dixon, A. (Extension publication). AZ REACH. Promoting Positive-Parent Child Relationships; Research brief. Azreach.org

 

AFFILIATIONS

 

  • Member of First Focus on Kids (FFK) Community Group
  • Member of World Association of Infant Mental Health
  • Member of Society of Research on Child Development
  • Member of National Council on Family Relations
  • Member of Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona
  • Treasures of Family Studies Student Round Table
  • National Extension Association of Family And Consumer Sciences
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