Jose-Michael is a second-year Ph.D. student - Masters Candidate- currently completing his Master's Thesis quantitative research examining the Arizona Youth Survey (State of Arizona: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission). Thesis titled: Antisocial Behavior in Early Adolescence: The Protective Role of Adult Praise & Peer Behavior on School & Community Engagement.
Also, Jose-Michael is in the design stage of his original intervention dissertation study: Meaningful Roles: A Developmental-Evolutionary Approach to Increasing Prosocial Behavior and Reducing Bullying (in press at Journal of Research on Adolescence), of which he is the project coordinator working with a transnational interdisciplinary team of seasoned applied developmental-evolutionary researchers, interventionists, and program evaluators: Drs. Ellis, Embry, and Volk from Brock University in Ontario Canada.
Also, as a graduate research assistant of Dr. Michele Walsh's Intervention & Evaluation team in the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, Jose-Michael is engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Developing Kind Campuses, a rigorous longitudinal collaborative intervention with Sunnyside Unified School District, Ben's Bells Program, and Pima County Juvenile Courts. In addition to consulting on a broad array research proposals and projects.
In addition, Jose-Michael is currently a project coordinator with Drs. Barnett, Curran, Helm and Craig from the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences on the Impact of Climate Change Adaptation-Related Stress and Coping on Family Functioning and Adaptation-Related Behaviors (CCARSC), which is a multidisciplinary study: (i.e., family studies, child development, environmental sustainability, physiology) as applied to a whole family experimental design to expose parents to two messages about climate change (fear vs. hope) to understand how this exposure influences (a) concurrent stress responses in parents, (b) the quality of family interactions filmed immediately after, and (c) changes related to climate change adaptive behaviors one week later. Jose-Michael is engaged in human subjects videotaped interaction (manipulation tasks), collection of physiological specimens (cortisol), data coding and analysis, and supervision of nine undergraduate assistants.
Jose-Michael possesses and extensive applied repertoire of skills and experience in early childhood, school-age, and community-based intervention/prevention and evaluation programs acquired in Chicago as a Public Ally in AmeriCorps, Youth Project Facilitator at Jane Adams Hull House Association, Community Liaison with the Illinois Attorney General's Gang Crime Prevention Center, Children and Youth After-School Programs Director at Gads Hill Center and Christopher House, as well as, in California's Central Valley (a characteristically agricultural region) having worked as a State Preschool Teacher, District Director of After-School Programs and Programs Assessor with several County Offices of Education, as well as, serving as the statewide Rural Programs Co-Chair of the California After-School Network and various governmental advisory boards and committees.
Jose-Michael's program of research entails understanding the positive and negative influences of social interactions, as well as, the family, community, and organizational processes that protect children and youth from multiple risks associated with growing up in a high-risk community. Jose-Michael's research interests include applied prevention and intervention programs and evaluation that serve low-income and/or high-risk families with early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescent aged children. His aim is to use this knowledge to advance the theories and methods that can improve our understanding of the dynamics of, contributors to, and impacts of antisocial ideology and violent acts such as bullying, and that can help build protective mechanisms for others. Therefore, his scholarly and research agenda is focused on establishing the techniques for using research and data to develop novel science-based anti-violence and anti-bullying intervention programs that help build prosocial and regulatory skills for children and youth.
Jose-Michael's research repertoire includes investigating the influence of psychological and biological factors and uncovering the pathways of biological embeddedness of stress and developmental success through mixed-methods studies incorporating the collection and analysis of physiological measurements of stress responsivity (i.e., HRA, IBI, GSC, and Cortisol) and mind-body responses to stress. Concerned with mediators of stress primarily in immigrant and economically disadvantaged children and families, as well as, family dynamics. His research also includes parental involvement, dyadic relationships and interactions, early child development in unique family structures, intervention measurement and evaluation including school-based and community-based environments.
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
- Gonzalez, J.M. (In progress). Antisocial Behaviors in Adolesce: The Influence that Positive, Supportive Adults and Peers have on School and Community Engagement, (Quantitative Analysis of the Arizona Youth Survey, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission) (Original Study, Principal Investigator)
- Curran, M.A., Barnett, M.A., Helm, S., Craig Z. & Gonzalez, J.M. (In progress). The Impact of Climate Change Adaptation-Related Stress and Coping on Family Functioning and Adaptation-Related Behaviors. (Project Coordinator)
- Gonzalez, J.M., Gamble, H., & Curran, M.A., Ph.D. (In progress). Dynamics of Relational Sacrificing. (Original Study, Co-Principal Investigator)
- Gonzalez, J.M., Ellis, B.J., Ph.D., Volk, A. Ph.D., Embry, D.D., Ph.D., Volk, A. Ph.D., & Walsh, M.E., Ph.D. (In development). Meaningful Roles: Anti-Bullying School-Based Intervention. (Original Study, Co-Principal Investigator)
- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., Parikh, C., & Barnett, M. A. (In progress). “The Influence of Father’s Labor Force Experiences on Child & Family Functioning.”
- Embry, D. D. & Gonzalez, J.M., (with Anthony Biglan). (In progress) “Evolutionary Theoretical Framework.” Manuscript to be submitted to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal Clinical Psychology.
- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (In progress). “Parental School Involvement as a Protective Factor for School Success.” Manuscript to be submitted to Journal of Child and Family Studies.
- Ellis, B. J., Volk. A, Gonzalez, J.M., & Embry, D. D. (Revision under review). “An Evolutionary Approach to Reducing Bullying: Theoretical Bases and Presentation of the Meaningful Roles Intervention.” Manuscript submitted to Journal of Research on Adolescence.
- Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J.A., Gonzalez, H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (Revision under review).“Cultural factors moderating links between neighborhood disadvantage and parenting and co-parenting among Mexican Origin Families.” Manuscript submitted to Journal of Family Issues.
- Gonzalez, J.M. & Barnett, M. A. (Under review). Transformative Siblings: Co-parenting Relationships in Diverse Family Systems. Paper submission to Theories Workshop Pre-Conference of the 77th Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
- Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J. A., Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H. (2015, November). Mexican Origin Mothers’ Use of Physical Discipline and Toddlers’ Behavior Problems: Moderation by Cultural Values and Parenting Beliefs. Paper to be presented to NCFR 77th Annual National Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
- Gonzalez, J.M., Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M.A. (2014, November). Parental School Involvement as a Protective Factor for School Success. Paper presented to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD. USA. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2014/wednesday/parental-impact-child-outcomes
- Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez J.M., & Barnett, M.A. (2014. November). Wellbeing in Families with Incarcerated and Uninvolved Fathers. Paper presented to NCFR 76th Annual National Conference, Baltimore, MD. USA. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2014/thursday/issues-fathering
- Barnett, M.A., Mortenson, J., Gonzalez H., & Gonzalez, J.M. (2014, November). Culturally-Informed Buffers of Risks to Supportive Parenting for Mexican Origin Mothers. Paper presented to SRCD Special Topics Meeting: New Conceptualizations in the Study of Parenting-At-Risk, San Diego, CA. USA. http://www.srcd.org/sites/default/files/documents/2014_srcd_parenting-at...
- Gonzalez, J.M., Gamble, H., & Curran, M. A. (2015, November). Approach-Avoidance Motivations of Sacrifice and Relational Quality. Poster to be presented to NCFR 77th Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Canda
- Walsh, M., Kaplan, D., Dominguez, V., deBlois, M., Gonzalez, J.M., Van Dop, M., & Blackey, A. (2014). Understanding Kind Campuses: Partnering with the Ben’s Bells Project to Measure Kindness in Schools. Poster presented to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Poster Forum, University of Arizona, USA
- 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 presented to SRCD 2014 Special Topics Meeting, Alexandria, VA., USA http://www.srcd.org/sites/default/files/documents/2014_policy_program_bo...
* COURSE INSTRUCTION
Co-Instructor (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Lifespan Development, FSHD 117 (Lifespan Human Development) On-line: Pre-Session, Summer 2014
* TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Close Relationships, FSHD 237, Instructor: Dr. Kelly Nichols, Spring 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Advanced Family Relations, FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Melissa Curran, Fall 2014
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Dynamics of Family Relationships, FSHD 257, Instructor: Dr. Ana Lucero-Liu, Spring 2014
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Sociocultural Context of Development, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. James Hunt, Fall 2013
* GUEST LECTURES
Guest Lecture (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Development in the Context of Peers, Schools, & Community: Youth Development & After School Programs, FSHD 447a, Instructor: Dr. Angela Taylor, Fall 2014 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.77 out of 5.00
Guest Lecture (Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Feminism FSHD 487, Instructor: Dr. Melissa Curran, Fall 2014 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.73 out of 5.00
Guest Lecture (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Unmarried Lives: Singlehood & Cohabitation FSHD 257, Instructor: Dr. Ana Lucero-Liu, Spring 2014 Overall Student Evaluation: 4.56 out of 5.00
Guest Lecture (Division of Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona) Development in the Context of Peers, Schools, & Community: After School Programs, 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) 2014-Present
Subjects: RNR 170C1:Our Place in Nature: Biology and the Environment; EDP/FSHD/PSY 200: Evolution and Human Development; Spanish 102: Second Semester Spanish
- Behavioral Health Technician (Zarephath Preventative Services) Summer 2014
Assist enhancing children and youth independent living skills (pro-social behavior, personal hygiene, and day-to-day living tasks) while promoting economic and social self-sufficiency in group and in the community.
National Research Council of the National Academies - Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention) - 2015
Society for Research in Child Development - Ethnic/Racial Issues & Student/Early Career Committees (Elected Representative) - 2014-2018
University of Arizona - Mildred R. Hardin Scholarship ($2679.50), 2015
University of Arizona - Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant ($750.00), 2014
University of Arizona - Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences Travel Grant ($250.00), 2014
University of Arizona - Agriculture & Life Sciences Scholarship ($2679.50), 2014-2015
University of Arizona - CALS Graduate College Fellowship, ($4,000), 2014-2015
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
Human Development Intervention Network (HDIN), Global Network for Intervention Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries http://lamic.causelabs.com/
Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet), http://azenet.wildapricot.org/
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Student & Early Career Representative on the Ethnic & Racial Issues Committee & Student & Early Career Council (SECC) http://www.srcd.org/
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), https://www.ncfr.org/
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), http://www.naeyc.org/
Community Research Evaluation & Development Lab (Frances McClelland Institute) - Advisor: Michele Walsh, PhD
Joint Ventures Child Development Lab (Family Studies & Human Development) - Advisors: Ann Mastergeorge, PhD & Melissa Barnett, PhD
Evolutionary Development Lab (Family Studies & Human Development)- Advisor: Bruce J. Ellis, PhD
Evaluation Group and Development (Psychology) - Advisor: Lee Sechrest, PhD
Center for Research in Classrooms (Education) - Advisor: Francesca Lopez, PhD