Katharine H. Zeiders, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Co-Director of the Francis McClelland Institute Latino Families' Initiative
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-2157

**I will be accepting graduate students for Fall 2018 admission!**

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent development

Latino youth sociocultural stressors

Sociocultural stressors and HPA axis

Advanced statistical analyses (latent growth modeling, latent categorical/profile analysis, multi-level modeling)

Research Focus

My program of research focuses on Latino families and youths’ well-being. My work operates from a general stress process model and draws from the risk and resilience literature to (a) identify relevant challenges related to Latino families’ and youths’ well-being (b) explore biological processes mediating the link between challenges and well-being and (c) identify the ways in which individual and family cultural orientations, beliefs, and behaviors moderate stress processes. My research interests are explored in individuals’ naturalistic environments using daily and weekly diary methodology alongside more long-term developmental approaches.

Current Projects

Health and Relationships During College Study

 A weekly diary study of Latino and African American college students’ discrimination and physiological/behavioral response. PIs: Dr. Katharine Zeiders and Dr. Antoinette Landor (University of Missouri)

The College Election Study (Fall 2016)

The purpose of this study was to examine college students’ stress hormone profiles before, during, and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Sociopolitical contexts can influence individuals’ daily experiences, but we know little about how particular issues salient to elections (e.g., immigration, religious freedom, marriage) are experienced physiologically. We hope to understand how individuals’ political affiliations, beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes relate to key election issues, and in turn, predict differential physiological responses.

Collaborators:

Dr. Katharine Zeiders (University of Arizona, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences)

Dr. Lindsay Hoyt (Fordham University, Psychology)

Dr. Russell Toomey (University of Arizona, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences)

Dr. Rajni Nair (Arizona State University, College of Integrative Arts and Sciences)

The Adolescent Election Study (Fall 2016)

The purpose of this study was to examine how parents’ beliefs, values, and political perspectives influence adolescents’ stress hormone profiles before, during, and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Parents’ experiences play an important role in their children’s daily lives, but we know little about how sociopolitical contexts predicts overall family functioning and adolescents’ physiology and well-being. We hope to understand how larger macrosystem influences trickle down to affect the interactions and relationships between parents and adolescents.

Collaborators:

Dr. Katharine Zeiders (University of Arizona, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences)

Dr. Lindsay Hoyt (Fordham University, Psychology)

Dr. Rajni Nair (Arizona State University, College of Integrative Arts and Sciences)

 

Subjects Taught

FSHD 447a Sociocultural Development

FSHD 537B Intermediate Statistical Analysis 

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The University of Arizona