Sexual orientation and gender diversity: identity development and experience with bias
Latino youth: identity development and experience with bias
Intersections of multiple forms of oppression, discrimination, and bias
Sociocultural and contextual influences on health and development
Positive youth development
Advanced statistical analyses (latent modeling, structural equation modeling, social relations models)
Framed by the tenets of the minority stress model, intersectionality, and positive youth development, my research identifies malleable family and other salient contextual (i.e., school, community) features that contribute to and mitigate health disparities experienced by at-risk adolescents in the United States. Largely, my research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents and Latino youth, and the protective factors (e.g., family support, acceptance) that buffer these associations.
Principal Investigator, Identifying Risk and Protective Factors to Inform Interventions for Sexual Minority Youth of Color at Risk for Disparate Health Outcomes, Supported by the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program. Collaborators include Dr. Karla Anhalt (Kent State University) and Dr. Amy Syvertsen (Search Institute).
Principal Investigator, Strengths and Supports in the Lives of LGBT Youth: An Examination of Suicide Attempts and Thriving, Funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Co-PI: Amy Syvertsen (Search Institute).
Co-PI, Are you Red Raider Ready? Improving College and Career Readiness of Middle and High School Students in Painesville City Local Schools, Funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, PI: Cassandra Storlie (Kent State University).
Principal Investigator, Becoming an LGBT Athlete Ally, Co-PIs: Christi McGeorge and Tom Carlson (North Dakota State University).
Adolescent Development (undergraduate)
Structural Equation Modeling (graduate)
Toomey, R. B., & Storlie, C. A. (2015). School counselors’ intervention in bias-related incidents among Latino students. Journal of School Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.180/15388220.2015.1049354
Toomey, R. B., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2015). Trajectories of problem behavior among Mexican-origin adolescent mothers: An examination of risk enhancing and reducing factors. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1037/lat0000028
Toomey, R. B., Updegraff, K. A., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., & Jahromi, L. B. (2015). Gender role attitudes across the transition to adolescent motherhood: A dyadic investigation of teenage mothers and their mother figures. Family Process. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/famp.12127
Toomey, R. B., Card, N. A., & Casper, D. M. (2014). Peers’ perceptions of adolescent gender nonconformity: Associations with overt and relational peer victimization and aggression. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 34, 463-485. doi: 10.1177/0272431613495446
Toomey, R. B., Umaña -Taylor, A. J., Williams, D. R., Harvey-Mendoza, E., Updegraff, K., & Jahromi, L. (2014). The impact of state-level immigration policy on health and service utilization of Mexican-origin teen mothers and their mother-figures. American Journal of Public Health, 104(S1), S28-S34.
Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2013a). An initial investigation of sexual minority youth involvement in school-based extracurricular activities. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 304-318. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00830.x
Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2013b). Gay-straight alliances, social justice involvement, and school victimization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth: Implications for school well-being and future civic engagement. Youth & Society, 45, 500-522. doi: 10.1177/0044118X11422546
Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2013c). The role of sexual orientation in school victimization: A meta-analysis. Youth & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0044118X13483778
Toomey, R. B., Umaña -Taylor, A. J., Jahromi, L. B., & Updegraff, K. A. (2013). Measuring social support from mother-figures in the transition from pregnancy to parenthood among Mexican-origin adolescent mothers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35, 195-213. doi: 10.1177/0739986312470636
Toomey, R. B., Umaña -Taylor, A. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2013). Ethnic identity development and ethnic discrimination: Examining associations with well-being over time for Mexican-origin adolescent mothers. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 825-833. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.06.004
Kopystynska, O., Spinrad, T. L., Seay, D. M., & Eisenberg, N. (2016). The interplay of maternal sensitivity and gentle control when predicting children's subsequent academic functioning: Evidence of mediation by effortful control. Developmental Psychology, 52(6), 909-921. doi:10.1037/dev0000122
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Kopystynska, O., Paschall, K. W., & Barnett, M. A. (accepted). Change and stability of parental conflict using person-centered approach. Poster to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN in November, 2016.
Kopystynska, O., Spinrad, T. L., Seay, D. M., & Eisenberg, N. (2015, November). Marital satisfaction and parent-child relationship predict child affect. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC.
Kopystynska, O., Spinrad, T. L., Seay, D. M., & Eisenberg, N. (2015, March). Prospective relations of maternal gentle control to children’s effortful control and academic functioning: Moderation by sensitivity. Poster presented at 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant, 2016
Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences Travel Grant, 2015
Graduate Access Fellowship, 2015
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Shannon Warren is a first year doctoral student in Family Studies and Human Development. As a University of Arizona College of Education alumni, Shannon has professional experience teaching i Read more »
I am a first year doctoral student in Family Studies and Human Development, working with Dr. Andrea Romero. Read more »
Norton School Professor Andrea Romero is the recipient of the Dr. Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr., Outstanding Latina/o Faculty Award, for her distinguished service in Higher Education.
Norton School Professor Andrea Romero is the recipient of the Dr. Alfredo G. Read more »
Norton School researchers researchers weigh in on how involved dads can make a difference, from the way they play with their children to the example they set for future fathers. Read more »
Norton School researchers researchers weigh in on how involved dads can make a difference, from the way they play with their children to the example they set for future fathers.
As the contemporary working dad faces bigger challenges in his role as parent and provider, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in on the most important issues that concern his life. The contemporary dad no longer fits neatly into the standard of the married male breadwinner and disciplinarian.
Dr. Colien Hefferan (BS Home Economics '71) received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Eugene G. Sander Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony on Friday, May 1st, 2015. Read more »
Dr. Colien Hefferan (BS Home Economics '71) received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Eugene G. Sander Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony on Friday, May 1st, 2015.
Many of those who smoke at parties don't actually consider themselves smokers, UA professor Mimi Nichter found, and that calls into question what surveys tell us about smoking in college.
A University of Arizona anthropologist has written a book exploring the culture of smoking on college campuses. Read more »