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 in Family Studies and Human Development with a minor in Public Health. His research bridges Developmental Psychology with Public Health to identify culturally-relevant strengths that influence fathers’ parenting, co-parenting, and overall family functioning.

Henry is a newly-selected Family Strengthening Scholar with the Administration for Children and Families. His funded dissertation research includes collaborations with family practitioners to simultaneously advance research while also providing practitioner-relevant knowledge and concrete strategies to strengthen fatherhood and healthy marriages among low-income, Mexican-origin families. 


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.

Paschall, K., Gonzalez, H., Mortensen, J., Barnett, M. A., & Mastergeorge, A. M. (2015). Children's negative emotionality moderates influence of parenting styles on preschool classroom adjustment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology39, 1-13. 

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., Gonzalez, H. (2014). Grandmother involvement in Mexican American families: Implications for transborder relationships and maternal psychological distress. Family Issues, 1-23.

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.



Gonzalez, H., Pech, A. S., & Barnett, M. A. (2015). Predictors of relationship continuity in families with incarcerated fathers. Poster to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC.

Gonzalez, H., Scott, M. E., & Barnett, M. A. (2015). Intergenerational transmission of parenting: The role of paternal figures on Hispanic fathers’ parenting and family Relationships. Poster presented at the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Gonzalez, H., Gonzalez, J., & Barnett, M. A. (2014). Wellbeing in families with incarcerated and uninvolved fathers. Paper 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. 

National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families Fellow at Child Trends ($8,000), 2014.

Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program

The University of Arizona Centennial Award for Doctoral Students ($500), 2014.

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

Society for Research in Child Development Student Travel Award ($300), 2013, 2015. 

The University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Award ($703), 2014.

The University of Arizona GPSC Research and Project Grant ($1,248), 2015.

The University of Arizona GPSC Outstanding Interdisciplinary Development Award ($100), 2015.

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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