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Stephen Russell Awarded $2.8M Grant to Fund LGBT Youth Suicide Risk Study

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth have higher rates of suicidal behaviors than their heterosexual peers, studies have shown.
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Violeta Domínguez

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Research Scientist
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
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Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
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John Daws, Ph.D.

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John Daws, Ph.D.
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Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
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Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
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Study: Bullying of LGBT students has long-term health effects

A new study shows that LGBT students who experienced high levels of school victimization are more likely to report physical and mental health problems in early adulthood. Read more »

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Immigrants Raising Citizens

The UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences recently hosted Harvard education professor Hiro Yoshikawa, who researches undocumented parents raising children in the U.S. Read more »

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Pamela Turbeville Speaker Series featuring Dr. Carlos Santos

Don’t miss our second speaker of the Spring 2011 Pamela Turbeville Speaker Series colloquium featuring Dr. Carlos Santos from Arizona State University. Read more »

Colloquium with Guest Speaker Dr. Jay Mancini

The Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences presents a Colloquium with guest speaker Dr. Jay Mancini.
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March 23, 2011

Speaker Series: January 28th, featuring Katherine Conger

Don't miss our first speaker of the Spring 2011 Pamela Turbeville Speaker Series colloquium featuring Dr. Katherine Conger,  from the University of California at Davis.
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Michele E. Walsh, Ph.D.

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Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
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Andrea Romero, Ph.D.

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Andrea Romero, Ph.D.
Fitch Nesbitt Professor Family Studies & Human Development
Director, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-5583

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Areas of expertise: 
  • Community-based Youth Participatory Action Research
  • Adolescence Health and Well-being
  • Poverty and Sociocultural Influences
  • Family influence on adolescent health and education
  • Processes of adolescent resilience
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Dr. Romero has focused her research career on understanding the social and cultural factors that influence adolescent development and adolescent health. She has published several articles that investigate influences on adolescent substance use, risky sexual behavior, physical activity, and mental well-being. Her research findings demonstrate that although discrimination has a negative impact on mental health and risky behaviors, adolescents with a strong ethnic identity seem to fare better.  She used theory to create a measure of bicultural stress that several studies have demonstrated is associated with more depressive symptoms, lower self-esteem, and more risky behaviors for White, Asian, and Latino adolescents. Her research on neighborhood safety has debunked conventional assumptions that neighborhood hazards were linked to more obesity and less physical activity among youth. A central element of Dr. Romero’s methodological approach is that of participatory action research, which is done in dialogue and collaboration with community members.

Current Projects: 
  • Principal Investigator, Zona de Promesa: Neighborhood Strategies to close the Achievement Gap, Helios Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation, $70,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Telenovela Intervention for Home Care Services, National Institutes of Nursing Research. $224,241. Principal Investigator: Janice Crist.
  • Principal Investigator, South Tucson Prevention Coalition. $258,200. Research partners: Michele Orduna, City of South Tucson, John Valenzuela Youth Center, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.
  • Co-Investigator, Determinants and disparities in high-risk sexual behavior in US adolescents. $147, 277. Research partners: P.I. Dr. Scott Carvajal.
  • Principal Investigator, 4 Elements Project. NIH grant under review. Research partners: Tucson Unified School District, 4 Elements Team.
Subjects Taught: 
  • Lifespan Development (FSHD 117)
  • Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD 507A)
  • Advanced Topics in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD 496z)
  • Chicano/a Psychology (undergraduate) (MAS/FSHD 280)
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Here are some recent selected publications by Dr. Romero.

Cano, M. A., Schwartz, S. J., Castillo, L. G., Romero, A. J., Huang, S., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Unger, J. B., Zamboanga, B. L., Des Rosiers, S. E., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Lizzi, K. M., Soto, D. W., Oshri, A., Villamar, J. A., Pattarroyo, M., & Szapocznik, J. (2015). Depressive symptoms and externalizing behaviors among Hispanic immigrant adolescents: Examining longitudinal effects of cultural stress. Journal of Adolescence, 42, 31-39                                                    

Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J.B., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Zamboanga, B.L., Lorenzo-Blanco, E., De Rosiers, S., Romero, A.J., Cano, M.A.,Gonzales-Backen, M.A., Cordova, D., Pina-Watson, B.M.; Huang, S., Villamar, J.A., Soto, D.W., Pattarroyo, M., & Szapocznik,J. (in press). Trajectories of cultural stressors and effects on mental health and substance use among recently arrived Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Covarrubias, R.+, Romero, A.J. & Trivelli, M.++ (2015). The impact of family achievement guilt on the mental well-being of college students. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(7), 2031-2027.

Romero, A.J, Gonzalez, H.+, & Smith, B.++  (2014). How Mexican American Parents and Teens Navigate Discrimination Against Teens. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Romero, A.J., Edwards, L., Fryberg, S., & Orduña, M.  (2014). Resilience to Discrimination Stress Across Ethnic Identity Stages of Development. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44(1), 1-11.

Romero, A.J. & O’Leary, A.O. (2014). When you know yourself you’re more confident: Resilience and stress of undergraduate students in the face of “Anti-Ethnic Studies” bills. In J. Cammarota. & Augustine Romero. (Eds.) Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution (pp.91-106). Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press. (Invited chapter with new empirical data)

Romero, A.J., Edwards, L., Bauman, S. & Ritter, M.(2013). Preventing Teen Depression and Suicide Among Latinas. New York: Springer Publishing.

Romero, A.J.  Edwards, L., Corkery, S.+  (2013). Assessing and treating Latinos: Overview of mental health research. In.  F. Paniagua and A-M. Yamada (Ed.) Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health: Assessment and treatment of diverse populations (pp.327-343). San Diego: Academic Press. (Invited theoretical review).

Romero, A.J. , Bracamonte Wiggs, C., Valencia, C., & Bauman, S. (2013) Latina teen suicide and bullying. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 35, 139-158.

Romero, A.J., Edwards, Lisa, Bauman, S. & Ritter, M.(2013). Preventing Teen Depression and Suicide Among Latinas. Springer Publishing: New York.

Cabrera, N.L., Meza, E.L., Romero, A.J., & Rodriguez, R. (2013). If there is no struggle, there is no progress: Transformative youth activism and the School of Ethnic Studies. Urban Education Review. 45(1), 7-22.

Santiago-Rivera, A., Cardemil, E., Prieto, L. & Romero, A.J. (2013). Welcome to the Journal of Latina/o Psychology: Vision and Evolution. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1(1), 1-2.

Wiggs, C.B+, Romero, A.J.,  & Orduña, M. (2013). Lack of parental rules for cell phone use among low income Mexican descendent adolescents. Journal of Youth Development, 8(3),124-132.

Romero, A.J. (2012) Latin Active: A Pilot Test of the Latin Active Hip Hop Intervention to Increase Physical Activity Among Low-income Mexican American Adolescents. American Journal of Health Promotion. 26(4), 208-211.

Van Campen, K. S., & Romero, A. J. (2012). How are self-efficacy and family involvement associated with less sexual risk-taking among ethnic minority adolescents? Family Relations, 61(4), 548-558.

Carvajal, S.C., Rosales, C., Rubio-Goldsmith, R., Sabo, S., Ingram, M., McClelland, J., Redondo, F., Torres, E., Romero, A.J., Ochoa O’Leary, A., Sanchez, Z., & Guernsey de Zapien, J. (2012). The Border Community and Immigration Stress Scale: A preliminary examination of a community responsive measure in two southwest samples. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health, 15(2), 427-436.

O'Leary, Anna Ochoa, Andrea J. Romero, Nolan L. Cabrera, and Michelle Rascón.
(2012).  Assault on Ethnic Studies. In Santa Ana, O. & Gonzalez de Bustamante, C. (Eds.) Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media & Provincial Politics. Lanham, MD and New York:  Rowman & Littlefield, pp.97-120.

O’Leary, A. & Romero, A.J.  (2011) Undergraduate student’s engagement with Arizona Senate Bill 1108 “Anti-Ethnic Studies”: Influences of civic engagement, ethnic identity on well-being. Aztlan, 36, 9-36.

Romero, A.J. & Van Campen, K.+ (2011). Bicultural stress. In R.J. Levesque (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York, New York: Springer. (Invited review of empirical data)

Romero, A.J., Edwards, L. & Orduña, M. (2011). Multiracial feminist framework: Influence of social power structures on mental health of Latina adolescents.  In Cabrera, N. & Villarruel, F. (Eds.). Latina and Latino Children’s Mental Health (pp.159-184). (Invited theoretical review). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.

Russell, S. & Romero, A.J. (2011). Sexual orientation and identity in Latino/a youth: Implications for mental health. In Cabrera, N. & Villarruel, F. (Eds.). Latina and Latino Children’s Mental Health. (pp.133-157). (Invited theoretical review) Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.


Romero, A.J. & Van Campen, K. (2011). Bicultural Stress Among Adolescents. In. Levesque, R.J.R. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York, New York: Springer.

Romero, A.J. (2008). Orthogonal cultural identification theory. In F.T.L. Leong (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Counseling: Volume Four: Cross Cultural Counseling. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

Edwards, L. & Romero, A.J. (2008) Coping with discrimination among Mexican descent youth. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 30(1), 24-39.

Romero, A.J., Martínez, D. & Carvajal, S.C. (2007) Bicultural stress and adolescent risk behaviors in a community sample of Latinos and non-Latino European Americans. Ethnicity and Health. 12(5), 443-463.

Romero, A.J. & Carvajal, S.C., Valle, F., Orduña, M. (2007). Adolescent bicultural stress and its impact on mental well-being among Latinos, Asian Americans, and European Americans. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(4), 519-534.

Romero, A.J. & Ruíz, M.G. (2007). Does familism lead to increased parental monitoring?: Protective factors for coping with risky behaviors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16, 143-154.

Romero, A.J. (2005). Low-income neighborhood barriers and resources for adolescents’ physical activity. Journal of Adolescent Health, 36(3), 253-259.

Romero, A.J., Robinson, T., Haydel, F., Mendoza, F. & Killen, J.D. (2004). Associations among familism, language preference, and education in Mexican American mothers and their children Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 25(1), 34-40.

Romero, A.J., and Roberts, R.E. (2003). The impact of multiple dimensions of ethnic identity on discrimination and adolescents’ self-esteem. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33(11), 2288-2305.

Romero, A.J. and Roberts, R.E. (2003). Stress within a bicultural context for adolescents of Mexican descent. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 9(2). 171-184.

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