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Family Studies and Human Development

FSHD Doctoral Student receives Centennial Award

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Congratulations to Henry Gonzalez, who has been awarded the Centennial Award for Doctoral Students. This award is given annually by the University of Arizona Division of Student Affairs to two doctoral students.

Congratulations to Henry Gonzalez, who has been awarded the Centennial Award for Doctoral Students. Read more »

Contact Email: 
henryg@email.arizona.edu

Few Studies Look at Well-Being of LGB Youth of Color says Dr. Russ Toomey

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While research on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth has increased in recent years, these studies often fail to look at the experiences of young people of color, leading to wide gaps in understanding the experience of sexual minority youth who also are part of a racial or ethnic minority, says Dr. Russell Toomey.

Studies that do look at gay, lesbian and bisexual youth of color tend to focus on negative outcomes, a UA-led report finds.


By Alexis Blue, University Communications | Sept. Read more »

Tiffany Ortega

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Tiffany
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Ortega
Tiffany Ortega
Coordinator, Internship and Career Development
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-7138

Advises: FSHD Undergraduate Internships/Hands-On Learning Experiences
Phone: 520-621-7138
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Sei Eun Kim

Sei Eun Kim
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Kim
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Sei Eun
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Family Studies and Human Development
Graduate Student

Katharine H. Zeiders, Ph.D.

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Zeiders
Katie Zeiders, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-2157

I will be accepting graduate students for entry in 2017!

Areas of expertise: 

Adolescent development

Latino youth sociocultural stressors

Sociocultural stressors and HPA axis

Advanced statistical analyses (latent growth modeling, latent categorical/profile analysis, multi-level modeling)

Research Focus: 

My program of research focuses on Latino families and youths’ well-being. My work operates from a general stress process model and draws from the risk and resilience literature to (a) identify relevant challenges related to Latino families’ and youths’ well-being (b) explore biological processes mediating the link between challenges and well-being and (c) identify the ways in which individual and family cultural orientations, beliefs, and behaviors moderate stress processes. My research interests are explored in individuals’ naturalistic environments using daily and weekly diary methodology alongside more long-term developmental approaches.

Current Projects: 

Health and Relationships During College Study: A weekly diary study of Latino and African American college students’ discrimination and physiological/behavioral response. PIs: Katharine Zeiders and Antoinette Landor (University of Missouri)

Katherine E. Speirs, Ph.D.

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Kate
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Speirs
Kate Speirs, Ph.D.
Assistant State Specialist for Early Childhood
Assistant Professor
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-1691

I am accepting graduate students for entry in Fall 2017. Please contact me for more information!

Areas of expertise: 
  • Childhood development
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Childhood obesity prevention, especially in early care and education settings
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Qualitative research methods
Research Focus: 

My research and outreach focus on early care and education as a setting for health promotion and obesity prevention for young children. I am interested in the feeding practices child care providers use with young children, connections between early care and education settings and the home, and how policy can shape young children’s well-being.  My outreach focuses on developing innovative approaches to improving the health and well-being of young children.  I am interested in how technology (e.g. text messages) can be used for outreach, program delivery, and evaluation.  As an extension specialist I work closely with Arizona’s Family & Consumer Health Sciences extension agents and staff to deliver and evaluate programing and address local needs.  I enjoy working collaboratively and believe that we can best address the complex challenges faced by young children and their families through multidisciplinary teamwork. 

Current Projects: 

Improving Feeding Practices in Childcare Settings: This project includes a research and program development component.  The research component explores child care providers’ knowledge of and barriers to using health-promoting feeding practices.  I am currently translating the findings from this research study into online educational materials to assist child care providers in using best practices around feeding.

Feeding Kids in Care: This project explores family day care providers’ participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  CACFP is a federal nutrition program that provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served in child care facilities.  The multidisciplinary Feeding Kids in Care team is interested in understanding child care providers’ experiences participating in the CACFP and the impact of program participation on the quality, variety and quantity of food served to young children, as well as other aspects of the care setting. 

Select Publications: 

Dev, D.A., McBride, B.A., Speirs, K.E., & Blitch, K.A., Williams, N. (in press). 'Great job cleaning your plate today!'  Determinants of Child Care Providers' Use of Controlling Feeding Practices: An Exploratory Examination. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Speirs, K.E., Grutzmacher, S. K., Messina, L.A., & Munger, A.L. (2016). Recruitment and retention in an SMS-based health education program: Lessons learned from Text2BHealthy. Health Informatics Journal, 22, 651-658. doi: 0.1177/1460458215577995

Speirs, K.E., Fiese, B.H., & the STRONG Kids Research Team. (2016). The relationship between food insecurity and BMI for preschool children. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20, 925-933. doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1881-0.

Speirs, K.E., Hayes, J.T., Musaad, S., VanBrackle, A., & Sigman-Grant, M. (2016). Family sense of coherence as a protective factor against the obesogenic environment. Appetite, 99, 268-276. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.01.025.

Swartz, R.A., Speirs, K.E., Encinger, A.J., & McElwain, N.L. (2016). A Mixed Methods Investigation of Maternal Perspectives on Transition Experiences in Early Care and Education. Early Education and Development, 27, 170-189. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2016.1087777

Speirs, K.E., Vesely, C.K., & Roy, K. (2015). Is stability always a good thing?  Low-income mothers’ experiences with child care transitions. Children and Youth Services Review, 53, 147-156. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.03.026

Munger, A.E., Lloyd, T.S., Speirs, K.E., Riera, K., & Grutzmacher, S.K. (2015). More than just not enough: Experiences of food insecurity for Latino immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17, 1548-1556. doi: 10.1007/s10903-014-0124-6

Speirs, K.E., Liechty, J.M., & Wu, C.F. (2014). Sleep, but not other daily routines, mediates the association between maternal employment and BMI for preschool children. Sleep Medicine. 15, 1590-1593. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2014.08.006

Dev, D.A., Speirs, K.E., & McBride, B.A. (2014). Head Start and child care providers’ motivators, barriers, and facilitators to practicing family-style meal service. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 29, 649-659. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.07.004  

Dev, D.A., McBride, B.A., Speirs, K.E., Donovan, S.M., & Cho, H.K. (2014). Predictors of Head Start and child-care providers’ healthful and controlling feeding practices with 2-to 5-year old children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114, 1396-1403. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.01.006

Darin Knapp, Ph.D.

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Darin
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Darin Knapp, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice
Undergraduate Coordinator
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-7141

I grew up in rural Idaho in a large family, as the youngest of seven children. While growing up, I was always fascinated by the way I saw my older siblings navigate their family relationships. Read more »

Areas of expertise: 
  • Couple relationships
  • Emotional intimacy in close relationships
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Family resliency and adaptation
  • Mental health and families
  • Family life education
Subjects Taught: 
  • FSHD 427A: Problems in Adult Development and Relationships
  • FSHD 257: Dynamics of Family Relationships

Norton School Faculty Research featured in study of 2016's Best and Worst Cities for Single Moms

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Not long ago, the two-parent system standardized our family-centric society. Single moms and single parents in general were a bit of a social rarity, even frowned upon by mainstream groups.

Professor Melissa Barnett & Professor Melissa Curran's Res Read more »

Norton Faculty Brings SRA Working Group to UA

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SRA Working Groups to Envision the Future of our Science is a new SRA initiative to sponsor working groups seeking to advance the science of adolescence by systematically envisioning specific domains of future research, and Dr. Russ Toomey is bringing one to the Norton School.

Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Working Groups to Envision the Future of our Science is a new SRA initiative to sponsor working groups seeking to advance the science of adolescence by sys Read more »

Event Date: 
April 2016
News Contact: 
Dr. Russ Toomey
Contact Email: 
toomey@email.arizona.edu
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toomey@email.arizona.edu

Katie Paschall and Dr. Ann Mastergeorge On Bidirectionality in Parent–child Relationships

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The concept of bidirectionality represents a process of mutual influence between parent and child, whereby each influences the other as well as the dyadic relationship.

A review of 25 years of research in bidirectionality in parent–child relationships - An examination of methodological approaches

The concept of bidirectionality represents a proce Read more »



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