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 is a Ph.D. Candidate ("all but dissertation") in Family Studies and Human Development. As a fellow of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, he conducts research on father involvement, co-parenting, Latino families and children, family-level instability, maternal and child health, and early child development.

Henry's research aims are largely strength-based, focused on uncovering protective factors for parenting and child development among low-income, Latino families. Henry's specific interests include (i) The influence fathers have on family functioning and child well-being among Latino families; (ii) How family-level instability, such as changes in caregiver status, influences family relations and children's developmental outcomes; (iii) Fatherhood and father involvement in Latino families. 

Henry is currently a research fellow of the newly-launched National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families at Child Trends, where he is conducting a research study exploring the protective role of father figures, such as grandfathers, uncles, or godfathers (“padrinos”), on the future parenting, co-parenting and interparental relationship quality of Latino men who grew up without an involved biological father in the household. 


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



Gonzalez, H., & Barnett, M. A. (2014). Romantic partner and biological father support: Associations with maternal distress in low-income Mexican-origin families. Family Relations, 63, 371-383.

Romero, A. J., Gonzalez, H., & Smith, B. A. (2014). Raising resilient teens: Mexican American parents speak about discrimination. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-13.

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. Family Issues.



Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez, J., & Barnett, M. A. (2014). Wellbeing in families with incarcerated and uninvolved fathers. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD.

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 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 NCFR Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Gonzalez, H., Barnett, M. A., Paschall, K., Mortensen, J. A., & Mastergeorge, A. M. (2013). 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 NCFR Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.



Family Strengthening Scholars Dissertation Fellowship - ACF- HHS ($50,000), 2014-2016.

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

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention), 2012. 

Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program

Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Workshop Travel Award ($1,000), 2014.

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 Diversity Fellowship ($10,000), 2010.



Society for Research in Child Development

National Council on Family Relations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Psychological Association

National Latina/o Psychological Association

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