Henry Gonzalez is a third year PhD student studying the interpersonal relationship dynamics and wellbeing of children and stepfamilies during early childhood. Areas of research interests include father involvement, coparenting, and early child development.
His research aims are largely strength-based, focused on uncovering protective factors for parenting and child development among low-income, ethnic minority families. Henry's specific interests include (i) the influence fathers have on maternal and child wellbeing among ethnic minority families with complex family structures (ii) how family-level instability among complex families, such as changes in caregiver status, influence family relations and child socioemotional adjustment (iii) fathering across cultures.
Henry is currently using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, to study the influence of romantic partner social father and biological father involvement on maternal and child wellbeing. Henry is being funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. He is also currently involved in the Family Factors and Children's Growth and Development project with Dr. Melissa A. Barnett et al., in an effort to uncover a more comprehensive understanding of families in Arizona.
PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
Barnett, M.A., Mortensen, J.A., Tilley, E. & Gonzalez, H. (under review). Global and parenting specific social support as protective factors for the wellbeing of Mexican American mothers of toddlers. Submitted to Family Science, July 2012.
Romero, A. J., Gonzalez, H., & Smith, B. A. (under review). Raising resilient teens: Mexican American parents speak about discrimination. Child & Family Social Work Journal.
Gonzalez, H., & Ehiri, J. E. (under review). Women’s three delays to emergency obstetric care in rural Latin America: A comprehensive intervention model to prevent maternal mortality. Pan American Journal of Public Health.
PRESENTATIONS & CONFERENCES
Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (2012). Coparenting, Parenting Stress, and Children’s Emotional Wellbeing in Mexican American Families with Romantic Partner Social Fathers. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ, October 2012.
Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J. A., Gonzalez, H. & Tilley, E. (2012). Grandparent involvement in Mexican American families with toddlers. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ, October 2012.
Gonzalez, H., & Romero, A. J. (2011). Parent ethnic socialization strategies for discrimination against teens of Mexican descent. Paper presented at the University of Arizona Latino Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium, Tucson, AZ., April 2011.
FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention), 2012.
National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship ($121,500), 2011-2014, PI.
The University of Arizona Graduate Diversity Fellowship ($10,000), 2010.