Jose-Michael Gonzalez is from South Chicago, a diverse and historic South Side inner-city community of Chicago, Illinois. He attended community college at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California receiving an A.S. in Child Development (Highest Honors), and completed a B.A. in Child Development (Magna Cum Laude) with an emphasis in Child Development Research at California State University-Stanislaus in Turlock, California.
Jose-Michael possesses and extensive applied repertoire of skills and experience in early childhood, school-age, and out-of-school time intervention and evaluation programs aquired in California's Central Valley (a characteristically agricultural region) having worked as a District Director of After-School Programs and Programs Assessor with several County Offices of Education, as well as, providing service on various governmental advisory committees.
Jose-Michael Gonzalez is a first-year Ph.D. student currently working on research focusing on school context mediators of stress primarily in immigrant and economically disadvantaged children and families, as well as, family dynamics: relationship sacrificing. His research interests include parental involvement, dyadic relationships and interactions, biological embeddedness, early child development in unique family structures, intervention measurement and evaluation including out-of-school time environments, and relational sacrificing among couples.
Jose-Michael's research aims are largely strength-based, focused on uncovering protective factors for parenting and child development among immigrant, ethnic minority, and economically disadvantaged populations. Jose-Michael's specific interests include (i) ethnic minority and economic disadvantage impacts on human development (ii) sociocultural influences on parenting (iii) family relationships and early childhood education (iv) extended family relationships (v) policy and practice: interventions and program measurement/evaluation (vi) biological embeddedness (vii) applied statistical analysis.
Jose-Michael embraces diversity and is active on university-wide student organizations such as the University of Arizona Graduate & Professional Students Council, University of Arizona Hillel, M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan), and University of Arizona Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
"Resilience" implies 'those' children & families. Success is simply about kids and people that refuse to give up or give in! ~Jose-Michael
CURRENT RESEARCH STUDIES
Gonzalez, J.M., Gamble, H., & Curran, M.A. (In Progress). Dynamics of Relational Sacrificing. (Original Study - Co-Principal Investigator)
Gonzalez, J.M., Kapahi, A., & Rodas, J. (In Progress). Understanding College Adjustment Among First Year Undergraduate Students. (Original Pilot Study - Principal Investigator)
SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- National Conferences:
Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M.A. (Under Review). Parental School Involvement as a Protective Factor for School Success. Poster submission to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD, November, 2014.
Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (Under Review). Wellbeing in Families with Incarcerated and Uninvolved Fathers. Paper submission to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD, November, 2014.
Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez, J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (2014, April). Parental Monitoring and Children’s School and Behavioral Adjustment: Family Structure Comparisons in Low-Income Families. Poster submission accepted to SRCD 2014 Special Topics Meeting, Alexandria, VA, April, 2014.
- Local Conferences:
Gonzalez, J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (2013, July). Social Support Networks Among Low-Income Families During Middle Childhood. Paper Talk & Poster presented at the University of Arizona Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium Symposium, Tucson, AZ. July 2014.
Teaching Assistant (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Dynamics of Family Relationships, FSHD 257, Instructor: Dr. Ana Lucero-Liu, Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Sociocultural Context of Development, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. James Hunt, Fall 2013
FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS
- University of Arizona - Graduate Access Fellowship ($10,000), 2013-2014
- University of Arizona - Ruth R. Cowden Scholarship ($3,408), 2013
- University of Arizona - Summer Research Institute Fellowship ($5,000), 2013
- Society for Research in Child Development - Frances Degan Horowitz Millenium Scholar, 2013
Society for Research in Child Devlopment (SRCD)
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)