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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 »

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
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toomey@email.arizona.edu
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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 »

Russell Toomey, Ph.D.

First Name: 
Russell
Last Name: 
Toomey
Russell Toomey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chair, Youth Development and Resilience Initiative, FMI
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-4009
I will be accepting graduate students for entry in 2017. Please contact me for more information!
Areas of expertise: 
  • Positive youth development / adolescent development

  • Sexual orientation and gender diversity: identity development and experience with minority stress

  • Latinx youth: identity development and experience with minority stress

  • Intersections of multiple forms of minority stress 

  • Sociocultural and contextual influences on health and development

  • Advanced statistical analyses (latent modeling, structural equation modeling)

Research Focus: 

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 marginalized 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 sexual and gender diverse adolescents and Latinx youth, and the protective factors (e.g., family support, acceptance) that buffer these associations. 

Although most of my work has examined these populations separately, my current research integrates these two distinct – but conceptually similar - lines of research, and focuses on how the amalgamation of individuals’ multiple marginalized identities contributes to their contextual experiences and well-being. 

 

Current Projects: 
  • 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: Dr. Amy Syvertsen (Search Institute).

  • Principal Investiagor, Pilot Study of a Family-Focused Intervention to Support Transgender and Gender Creative Youth and Their Families, Funded by the University of Arizona Transgender Studies Initiative Faculty Research Grant, Co-PI: Dr. Michele Walsh (University of Arizona). 

  • Co-Organizor, Intersectionality in the Developmental Sciences Working Group, Funded by the Society for Reserach on Adolescence, Co-Organizor: Dr. Carlos Santos (Arizona State University).

Subjects Taught: 
  • Adolescent Development (undergraduate) - FSHD 377

  • Structural Equation Modeling (graduate) - FSHD 607a

 

 

Select Publications: 

Publications since 2015: If you would like a copy of any of these publications, please email me.

  1. Toomey, R. B., & Anhalt, K. (in press). Mindfulness as a coping strategy for bias-based school victimization among Latina/o sexual minority youth. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.
  2. Toomey, R. B., McGeorge, C. R., & Carlson, T. S. (in press). LGBTQ ally development and engagement in sports: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Intercollegiate Sports.
  3. Bravo, D., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Toomey, R. B., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2016). Risky behaviors and educational attainment among Mexican-origin mothers: The role of acculturative stress and the educational aspiration-expectation gap. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 52, 13-26. doi:10.1016/j.ijntrel.2016.02.003
  4. Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Toomey, R. B., Jahromi, L. B, & Updegraff, K. A. (2016). Measuring cultural socialization attitudes and behaviors of Mexican-origin mothers with young children: A longitudinal investigation. Family Relations. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/fare.12196
  5. McGuire, J. K., Kuvalanka, K. A., Catalpa, J. M., & Toomey, R. B. (2016). Transfamily theory: How the presence of trans* family members informs gender development in families. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 8, 60-73. doi:10.1111/jftr.12125
  6. Russell, S. T., Day, J. K., Ioverno, S., & Toomey, R. B. (2016). Are school policies focused on sexual orientation and gender identity associated with less bullying? Teachers’ perspectives. Journal of School Psychology, 54(1), 29-38. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2015.10.005
  7. Storlie, C. A., & Toomey, R. B. (2016). Professional school counselor perceptions of systemic barriers affecting Latino students: Implications for socially just preparation and practice. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8(2). Advance online publication. doi:10.7729/82.1156
  8. Toomey, R. B., Anhalt, K., & Shramko, M. (2016). An examination of the validity and reliability of a measure of sexual orientation identity exploration, resolution, and affirmation. Self & Identity, 15, 488-504. doi:10.1080/15298868.2016.1157516
  9. Toomey, R. B., Huynh, V. W., Jones, S. K., Lee, S., & Revels-Macalinao, M. (2016). Sexual minority youth of color: A content analysis and critical review of the literature. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19359705.2016.1217499
  10. Toomey, R. B., & Russell, S. T. (2016). The role of sexual orientation in school victimization: A meta-analysis. Youth & Society, 48(2), 176-201. doi: 10.1177/0044118X13483778
  11. Bravo, D., Toomey, R. B., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2015). Growth trajectories of Mexican-origin adolescent mothers’ educational expectations. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0165025415616199
  12. Derlan, C. L., Umaña -Taylor, A. J., Toomey, R. B., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2015). Person-environment fit: Everyday conflict and coparenting conflict in Mexican-origin teen mother families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(1), 136-145. doi:10.1037/a0037069
  13. McGeorge, C. R., Carlson, T. S., & Toomey, R. B. (2015a). An exploration of family therapists’ beliefs about the ethics of conversion therapy: The influence of negative beliefs and clinical competence with LGB clients. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 42-56. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12040
  14. McGeorge, C. R., Carlson, T. S., & Toomey, R. B. (2015b). Assessing lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative training in couple and family therapy: Establishing the validity of the faculty version of the affirmative training inventory. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 57-71. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12054
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Toomey, R. B., Updegraff, K. A., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., & Jahromi, L. B. (2015). Gender role attitudes across the transition to adolescent motherhood in Mexican-origin families. Family Process, 54, 247-262. doi: 10.1111/famp.12127
  18. Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Tynes, B. M., Toomey, R. B., Williams, D. R., & Mitchell, K. (2015). Latino adolescents’ perceived discrimination in online and off-line settings: An examination of cultural risk and protective factors. Developmental Psychology, 51, 87-100. doi: 10.1037/a0038432

Andrea Romero honored by Victoria Foundation

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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 »

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For Father's Day, Norton School Researchers Show 5 Ways Dads Matter

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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.

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Norton School Researchers Featured in 2015’s Best and Worst States for Working Dads

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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.

Male parenting is not what it once was. Read more »

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nsteklis@email.arizona.edu
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Feliz Baca

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Feliz
Last Name: 
Baca
Program Coordinator
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-8067

Deirdre (DeeDee) Avery, MS, MPH

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Deirdre (DeeDee)
Last Name: 
Avery
Deirdre (DeeDee) Avery, MS, MPH
Evaluation Specialist
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-1742

Madeleine deBlois

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Madeleine
Last Name: 
DeBlois
Madeleine DeBlois
Research Scientist
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-1521


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