University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Jose-Michael Gonzalez

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



*** Jose-Michael has recently transitioned to the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Connecticut to complete his dissertation project. Dr. Astroth remains in an advisory capacity.



I am Ph.D. student in Family Studies & Human Development, working with Dr. Kirk A. Astroth. My research focuses on Positive Youth Development (PYD) among ethnic minority and margninalized children and youth in cross-cultural and cross-national contexts, utilizing positive psychology approaches.

My current projects include the adaptation and validation of short and very short measures of positive youth development, examination of promotive factors for health and wellbeing among Roma youth in Albania, Kosovo, and Bulgaria, and program development in global extension intervention. Currently, I am working with colleages from Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Finland on program applications of PYD fundamentals. In addition, I am working with FUERSA Foundation located in Mexico City on 4-H curriculum adaptation and training to the Mexico youth context.

As a member of the 16 country PYD Cross-National Project, my goal is to collaborate on research and evaluation, and further develop methods that center on uncovering developmental mechanisms of intra- and inter-variation centered on the intersectoral, multilevel, and multicomponent experiences that align with assets of children, youth, and families from historically margninalized groups and developing nations to promote positive health and well-being outcomes and inform extension and intervention/prevention policy and practice.

I have a Masters in Family Studies & Human Development from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors in Child Development with a focus on Developmental Resarch from California State University, Stanislaus. I have supported research and led large scale intervention programs centerd on positive youth development (PYD) in Chicago, California and internationally. In particular, for the last three years, I collaborate with partners in 16 nations to develop and pilot cross-cultural PYD measures for multi-country youth health and well-being in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to this, I have conducted intervention and child development program evaluations with the State of Illinois and California and various County and School District stakeholders, and community-based organizations, as well as working directly children, youth, and families in community, educational and youth program settings.

Intervention Programs & Evaluation; Minor Advisor: Michele Walsh, PhD
Recent Accomplishments: 


At the University of Airzona, Jose-Michael has recently completed his pre-candidacy. He has received the 2016 CALS Meritorious Graduate TA Award at the Master's Level. He also recently was recognized as a 2016 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Student Honors Scholar. His recent sole-authored theoretical brief: "Coneptualizing the Transformative Sibling Process: Toward a Framework for Understanding Alternative Coparenting Relationships in Diverse Family Systems" was published in the NCFR Report - Spring 2016 edition. He was also elected as the "Student and Early Career Representative to the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee," as well as the "Early Career Council" of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Also, he was awarded the "2015 Family Therapy Section Outstanding Poster Award by a Student" from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). In addition, he was recently accepted as a "Teaching Mentorship Program Scholar" from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), his teaching mentor is Dr. Amanda Wilcox-Herzog from California State University - San Bernardino.

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


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