University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Henry Gonzalez

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
University of California, Davis: Human Development, B.S., Psychology, B.A. University of Arizona: Family Studies and Human Development, M.S.
Los Angeles, CA

Henry Gonzalez is a fourth-year doctoral student currently working on his comprehensive exams focused on the implications of deportation, military deployment, and incarceration on father involvement. His research interests include father involvement, mother-father coparenting, maternal and child health, and early child development in unique family structures, including repartnered families and single-parent families among Latino families. 

Henry's research aims are largely strength-based, focused on uncovering protective factors for parenting and child development among low-income, ethnic minority families. Henry's specific interests include (i) the influence fathers have on maternal and child wellbeing among ethnic minority families with complex family structures (ii) how family-level instability among complex families, such as changes in caregiver status, influence family relations and child socioemotional adjustment (iii) fathering across cultures. 

Henry is currently funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Public Health: Maternal and Child Health, Minor Advisor: John E. Ehiri, PhD, MPH
Recent Accomplishments: 


Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (in press). Romantic Partner and Biological Father Support: Associations with Maternal Distress in Low-Income Mexican-Origin Families. Journal of Family Relations.

Paschall, K. A., Gonzalez, H., Mortensen, J. A., Barnett, M. A., & Mastergeorge, A. M. (under review). Contextual correlates of parenting styles and child emotionality among low-income mothers. Submitted to Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J. A., Tilley, E. H., & Gonzalez, H. (2013). Global and parenting-specific social support as protective factors for the well-being of Mexican American mothers of toddlers. Family Science, 4(1), 98-109.

Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J. A., Gonzalez, H. (in press). Grandmother Involvement in Mexican American Families: Implications for Transborder Relationships and Maternal Psychological Distress. Journal of Family Issues.

Romero, A. J., Gonzalez, H., & Smith, B. A. (in press). Raising resilient teens: Mexican American parents speak about discrimination. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Romero, A. J., Montaño, S., Gonzalez, H., & Serido, J. (under review). Parental influence on Latino undergraduate academic success: Sources of familial and navigational capital. Submitted to Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education.

Griego-Jones, T., & Gonzalez, H. (in progress). Essentials to educational transitions: Needs assessment of teachers of Mexican students in the U.S.

Gonzalez, H., & Ehiri, J. E. (in progress). Women’s three delays to emergency obstetric care in rural Latin America: A comprehensive intervention model to prevent maternal mortality. Pan American Journal of Public Health


Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez, J. M., & Barnett, M. A. (2014). Parental Monitoring and Children’s School and Behavioral Adjustment: Family Structure Comparisons in Low-Income Families. Poster to be presented at the 2014 Society for Research in Child Development Special Topic Meeting: Strengthening Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy and Practice in Alexandria, VA.

Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (2013). Economic Stress and Child Wellbeing in Latino Stepfamilies and Biological Families. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations in San Antonio, TX.

Gonzalez, H., Barnett, M. A., Paschall, K., Mortensen, J. A., & Mastergeorge, A. M. (2013, August). Influence of Biological and Social Father Support on Mexican-American Mothers' Depression. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Honolulu, HI.

Gonzalez. H., Mortensen, J. A., Paschall, K., Barnett, M. A., & Mastergeorge, A. M. (2013). Parenting Practices: Contextual Correlates of Parenting Styles among Low-Income Mothers. Poster presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (2013). Coparenting, Mother-Child Relationships, and Child Behavior Problems in Mexican-American Families with Resident Romantic Partner Social Fathers. Poster presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (2012). Coparenting, Parenting Stress, and Children’s Emotional Wellbeing in Mexican American Families with Romantic Partner Social Fathers. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Gonzalez, H., & Romero, A. J. (2011). Parent ethnic socialization strategies for discrimination against teens of Mexican descent. Paper presented at the University of Arizona Latino Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Symposium, Tucson, AZ.


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention), 2012. 

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship ($130,000), 2011-2014, PI.

Society for Research in Child Development Student Travel Award ($300), 2013. 

The University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Award ($500), 2012.

The University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Award ($500), 2013.

The University of Arizona Graduate Diversity Fellowship ($10,000), 2010.


Society for Research in Child Development

National Council on Family Relations

American Psychological Association

National Latina/o Psychological Association

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