I will not be accepting new graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Areas of Expertise
Positive youth development / adolescent development
Sexual orientation and gender diversity: identity development and experience with minority stress
Latinx youth: identity development and experience with minority stress
Intersections of multiple forms of minority stress
Sociocultural and contextual influences on health and development
Advanced statistical analyses (latent modeling, structural equation modeling)
Framed by the tenets of the minority stress model, intersectionality, and positive youth development, my research identifies malleable family and other salient contextual (i.e., school, community) features that contribute to and mitigate health disparities experienced by marginalized adolescents in the United States. Largely, my research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by sexual and gender diverse adolescents and Latinx youth, and the protective factors (e.g., family support, acceptance) that buffer these associations.
1. Risk/protection factors related to suicide behaviors among LGBTQ youth
This project uses a large data set from several schools and community organizations to examine the role of developmental assets in reducing risk for suicide behaviors among sexual minority and gender diverse youth. Funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2015-2017).
2. Identity, family, and school experiences of Latin@ LGBTQ youth
This project examines how intersecting experiences related to race-ethnicity and sexual orientation contribute to well-being and academic achievement among over 400 Latin@ LGBTQ-identified youth. Data were collected online using social media recruitment via the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
3. Pilot study: Trans youth & family Cognitively-Based Compassion Training intervention
This project examines the feasibility and effectiveness of a cognitively-based compassion training with trans youth and their families (aimed at recruiting 8-10). Funded by the Institute for LGBT Studies at UA.
4. Pilot study: Effectiveness of an arts-based suicide prevention program for SGM Youth
This project examines the feasibility and effectiveness of an arts-based suicide prevention program for sexual and gender minority youth. Funded by the University of Arizona Faculty Seed Grant and Alliance Foundation.
5. Athletes’ perceptions of the climate for LGBTQ athletes in collegiate sports and athlete ally development
This project explores perceptions of the climate for LGBTQ athletes and athlete ally identity among 159 college-student athletes at NCAA Division I schools.
6. Risk/protection factors related to school experiences of urban youth
This project examines several risk and protective factors related to school achievement for students in an urban school in Northeastern Ohio. The school has one of the lowest graduation rates in the state of Ohio and has experienced tremendous demographic shifts in the past 15 years (e.g., the percentage of Latin@ students has increased by 40%). Funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.
7. College 2016 election study
The purpose of this study is to examine college students’ stress hormone profiles before, during, and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. We hope to understand how individuals’ political affiliations, beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes relate to key election issues, and in turn, predict differential physiological responses.
Adolescent Development (undergraduate) - FSHD 377
Human Sexuality (undergraduate) - FSHD 450
Structural Equation Modeling (graduate) - FSHD 607a
Intermediate Quantitative Analysis (graduate) - FSHD 537b
LGBT Families and Individuals Across the Lifespan (graduate) - FSHD 604
Please find my publications via Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WhSzxNsAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
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Most recent publications (from the past year):
- Anhalt, K., Toomey, R. B., & **Shramko, M. (in press). Latinx sexual minority youth adjustment in the context of discrimination and internalized homonegativity: The moderating role of cultural orientation processes. Journal of Latinx Psychology.
- **Pollitt, A. M., Mernitz, S. E., Russell, S. T., Curran, M. A., & Toomey, R. B. (2019). Heteronormativity in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer young people. Journal of Homosexuality. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1656032
- Storlie, C., & Toomey, R. B. (2019). Facets of career development in a new immigrant destination. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication. Doi:10.1177/0894845319828541
- Syvertsen, A. K., Scales, P. C., & Toomey, R. B. (2019). The Developmental Assets Framework revisited: Confirmatory factor analysis and invariance testing to create a new generation of assets measures for applied research. Applied Developmental Science. Advance online publication. Doi:10.1080/10888691.2019.1613155
- Hoyt, L. T., Zeiders, K. H., Chaku, N., Toomey, R. B., & Nair, R. L. (2018). Young adults’ psychological and physiological reactions to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 92, 162-169. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.03.011
- Perez-Brena, N. J., Rivas-Drake, D., Toomey, R. B., & Umana-Taylor, A. J. (2018). Contributions of the Integrative Model for the Study of Developmental Competencies in Minority Children: What have we learned about adaptive culture? American Psychologist, 73(6), 713-726. doi:10.1037/amp0000292
- Romero, A. J., Piña-Watson, B., & Toomey, R. B. (2018). When is bicultural stress associated with loss of hope and depressive symptoms? Variations by ethnic identity status among Mexican descent youth. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 6(1), 49-63. doi:10.1037/lat0000078
- Ryan, C., Toomey, R. B., Diaz, R. M., & Russell, S. T. (2018). Parent-initiated sexual orientation change efforts with LGBT adolescents: Implications for young adult mental health and adjustment. Journal of Homosexuality. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/00918369.2018.1538407
- Santos, C., & Toomey, R. B. (2018). Introduction: Integrating an intersectionality lens in theory and research in developmental science. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 161, 7-15. doi: 10.1002/cad.20214
- **Shramko, M., Toomey, R. B., & Anhalt, K. (2018). Profiles of minority stressors and identity centrality among sexual minority Latinx youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 471-482. doi:10.1037/ort0000298
- ***Shulla, R. M., & Toomey, R. B. (2018). Sex differences in behavioral and psychological expression of grief during adolescence. A meta-analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 65, 219-227. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.04.001
- Toomey, R. B., McGeorge, C. R., & Carlson, T. S. (2018). Profiles of LGBTQ ally engagement in college athletics. Journal of LGBT Youth, 15, 162-178. doi:10.1080/19361653.2018.1453428
- Toomey, R. B., McGeorge, C. R., & Carlson, T. S. (2018). Athletes’ perceptions of the climate for sexual and gender minority athletes and their intervention in bias. Journal of the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 12(2), 133-154. doi:10.1080/19357397.2018.1477278
- Toomey, R. B., Ryan, C., Diaz, R. M., & Russell, S. T. (2018). Coping with sexual orientation-related minority stress. Journal of Homosexuality, 65, 484-500. doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1321888
- Toomey, R. B., **Shramko, M., **Flores, M., & Anhalt, K. (2018). Family socialization for racism and heterosexism: Experiences of Latinx sexual minority adolescent and young adults. Journal of Family Issues, 39, 3586-3611. doi:10.1177/0192513X18783807
- Toomey, R. B., Syvertsen, A.K., & **Flores, M. (2018). Are developmental assets protective against suicidal behavior? Differential associations by sexual orientation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 788-801. doi:10.1007/s10964-018-0954-y
- Toomey, R. B., Syvertsen, A. K., & **Shramko, M. (2018). Transgender adolescent suicide behavior: Understanding subgroup differences. Pediatrics, 142, e1-e8. doi:10.1542/peds.2017-4218