University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Tommy C. De Baca

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
B.A. Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso; M.S., Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona
El Paso, Texas

I am currently working under the mentorship of Bruce Ellis and AJ Figueredo to study the impact of parental effort on child social and behavioral outcomes from an evolutionary developmental and cross-cultural perspective — with studies currently being conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, I’m interested in exploring the consequences of parenting on children’s life history strategies and in examining how culture and local ecology could influence both.

Further, because parenting and child outcomes are often confounded by genetic effects, I’d like to disentangle the unique contributions of genetic and environmental forces on each.

I am also interested in the affective effects of happy meals.

Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology; Quantitative Methods
Recent Accomplishments: 



Barnett, M.A., Cabeza de Baca, T., Jordan, A., Tilley, E. & Ellis, B.J. (2014). Associations among parenting support, maternal parenting efficacy, and maternal depressive symptoms. Child and Youth Care Forum, DOI: 10.1007/s10566-014-9267-9.

Cabeza De Baca, T., Barnett, M. A., Ellis, B. J. (submitted).  The development of the child unpredictability schema: The correlates of maternal life history tradeoffs on reproductive effort. 

Cabeza De Baca, T., & Jordan (King). A. C. (2012). To know is not to love: Cognitive and affective barriers toward the adoption of evolutionary theory. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 681-686.

Cabeza De Baca, T., Figueredo, A. J., & Ellis, B. J. (2012). An evolutionary analysis of variation in parental effort: Determinants and assessment. Parenting: Science and Practice, 12, 94-104.

Cabeza De Baca, T., Figueredo, A. J., & Wahl, R. A. (submitted). Do inflammation and antioxidant defences mediate the association between women’s reproductive effort and health?

Cabeza De Baca, T., & Figueredo, A. J. (submitted). The cognitive ecology of Mexico: climatic and socio-cultural Effects on life history strategies and general cognitive abilities.

Cabeza De Baca, T., Sotomayor-Peterson, M., & Smith-Castro, V., & Figueredo, A. J. (2014). Contributions of matrilineal and patrilineal kin alloparental effort to the development of life history strategies and patriarchal values: A cross-cultural life history approach. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 45, 534-554. doi:10.1177/0022022113513068

Cabeza De Baca, T., Wahl, R. A.,  Barnett, M. A., & Figueredo, A. J., Ellis, B. J. (submitted). Procreation, Inflammation, and Deterioration: An Integrated Life History Model of Stress-Health Relations.

Dunkel, C. S., Cabeza De Baca, T., Woodley, M. A., & Fernandes, H. B. F. (2014). The General Factor of Personality and General Intelligence: Testing Hypotheses from Differential-K, Life History Theory, and Strategic Differentiation-Integration Effort. Personality and Individual Differences, 61-62, 13-17.

Figueredo, A. J., Cabeza De Baca, T., & Black, C. J. (submitted). No matter where you go, there you are: The genetic foundations of temporal stability.

Figueredo, A. J., Cabeza De Baca, T., & Woodley, M. A. (2013). The measurement of human life history strategyPersonality and Individual Differences, 55, 251-255.

Figueredo, A. J., Garcia, R., Cabeza De Baca, T., Gable, J. C., & Weise, D. (2013). Revisiting mediation in the social and behavioral sciences. Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences, 4, 1-19.

King, A. C., & Cabeza De Baca, T. (2011). The stagnancy of family studies in modern academia: Resistances toward the integration of evolutionary theory. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 4, 64-74.

 Sotomayor-Peterson, M., Cabeza De Baca, T., Figueredo, A.J., & Smith-Castro, V. (2013). Coparenting, total parental effort, and life history strategy: A cross-cultural comparisonJournal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 44, 620-639.

Woodley, M. A., Figueredo, A. J., Cabeza De Baca, T., Fernandes, H. B. F., Madison, G., Wolf, P. S. A., Black, C., & Olderbak, S. (Submitted). The genomic-level heritabilities of preparedness and plasticity in human life history: the strategic differentiation and integration of genetic transmissibilities.


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