University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jose-Michael Gonzalez

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
B.A. Child Development, A.S. Child Development
Chicago, Illinois

Jose-Michael currently leads the design, implementation, and management efforts of an international interdisciplinary team of seasoned applied developmental interventionists and evaluators in Dr. Bruce J. Ellis's Fathers, Parenting, & Families lab as the project coordinator for Meaningful Roles: Anti-Bullying School-Based Intervention.

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 acquired 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. Jose-Michael's research interests include prevention, intervention programs and evaluation that serve low-income and/or high-risk families with early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescent aged children. His research interests include parental involvement, dyadic relationships and interactions, biological embeddedness, early child development in unique family structures, intervention measurement and evaluation including school-based and out-of-school time environments, and relationship dynamics among couples.

Jose-Michael embraces diversity and is active on university-wide student organizations such as the University of Arizona Graduate & Professional Students Council (GPSC), University of Arizona Hillel, University of Arizona M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan), University of Arizona Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and University of Arizona Student Learning Services CATS Academic Department

"Resilience" implies 'those' children & families. Success is simply about kids and people that refuse to give up or give in! ~Jose-Michael                                                                       

Intervention Programs & Evaluation, Minor Advisor: Bruce J. Ellis, Ph.D.
Recent Accomplishments: 



Gonzalez, J.M., Ellis, B.J., Ph.D., Embry, D.D., Ph.D., Volk, A. Ph.D., & Walsh, M.E., Ph.D. (In Progress). Meaningful Roles: Anti-Bullying School-Based Intervention. (Original Study - Co-Principal Investigator)

Gonzalez, J.M., Gamble, H., & Curran, M.A., Ph.D. (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)



Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M.A. (In progress). Fatherhood & Employment. Manuscript.

Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez, J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (In progress). Parental Monitoring and Children’s School and Behavioral Adjustment: Family Structure Comparisons in Low-Income Families. Manuscript.




- National Confererences:

Gonzalez, J.M., & Sinclair, K.O., Ph.D. (In Progress). Social Supports Among Youth "Coming Out." Paper

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.


- National Confererences:

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. (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 & Poster submissions accepted and presented at the University of Arizona Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium Symposium, Tucson, AZ. July, 2013.



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                Overall Student Evaluation: 4.56 out of 5.00

Teaching Assistant        (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona)   Sociocultural Context of Development, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. James Hunt, Fall 2013                  Overall Student Evaluation: 4.57 out of 5.00



Academic Tutor      (CATS Academic Department, Student Learning Services, University of Arizona)


- LRC 320: Teaching with New Technologies                                                                                                

- PSYC, FSHD, EDP 200: Evolution & Human Development                                                     



- 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



- Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet)

- Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

- National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



- Joint Ventures Child Development Lab

- Evolutionary Development Lab

Tel: Main Office 520.621.1075 Norton School Student Services 520.621.1295
Mailing Address: 650 N. Park Ave Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078 (Map to McClelland Park)
Site Map  Email:  

Twitter Facebook You Tube Linked In