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Family Studies and Human Development

FSHD Doctoral Student receives Centennial Award

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Congratulations to Henry Gonzalez, who has been awarded the Centennial Award for Doctoral Students. This award is given annually by the University of Arizona Division of Student Affairs to two doctoral students.

Congratulations to Henry Gonzalez, who has been awarded the Centennial Award for Doctoral Students. Read more »

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henryg@email.arizona.edu

Dear Valentine: Your Guide to Healthy Sacrifice

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A series of studies conducted by Norton School Associate Professor Dr. Melissa Curran focuses on the nature of sacrifice in couples' relationships, offering practical ways to approach sacrificing for each other.

Sacrifice is a recurring theme of history's most enduring love stories. Read more »

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Dr. Melissa Curran
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macurran@email.arizona.edu
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The research behind therapy dogs is limited but real

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The idea that dogs may have a psychological benefit is not new. “There’s been thinking about this since the seventies," said Netzin Steklis, Norton School Lecturer. "It has been observed that, somehow, they make a difference.” 

There are many documented benefits of therapy dogs. Their presence has been shown to lower heart rate, increase the production of oxytocin and reduce stress. Read more »

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nsteklis@email.arizona.edu
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Study Looks at LGBT Allies in College Sports

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Norton School Assistant Professor Russ Toomey has developed a scale to measure college athletes' engagement in LGBT ally behaviors. "It also will allow us to understand from more than just the LGBT players' perspective what's going on in the sports environment," said Toomey.

The sports world has not always been considered the most inviting place for those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Read more »

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toomey@email.arizona.edu
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Where did the story of Santa's reindeer-drawn sleigh begin?

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Rudolph and Those Reindeer Games - Norton School faculty members Dieter and Netzin Steklis talk about reindeer noses, antlers and flight distance.

Donner, Dasher, Blitzen … they're the animal stars of the holidays, but what do we know about the antlered creatures beyond their seasonal mythology? Read more »

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nsteklis@email.arizona.edu
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nsteklis@email.arizona.edu

How Children Inherit Discrimination's Effects

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When a child's family members experience stress related to ethnic discrimination and the process of adapting to a new culture, the child's behavior and academics may suffer as a result, according to a UA-led study by Dr. Katie Zeiders, Family Studies and Human Development Assistant Professor.

When a child's family members experience stress related to ethnic discrimination and the process of adapting to a new culture, the child's behavior and academics may suffer as a result, acc Read more »

Few Studies Look at Well-Being of LGB Youth of Color says Dr. Russ Toomey

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While research on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth has increased in recent years, these studies often fail to look at the experiences of young people of color, leading to wide gaps in understanding the experience of sexual minority youth who also are part of a racial or ethnic minority, says Dr. Russell Toomey.

Studies that do look at gay, lesbian and bisexual youth of color tend to focus on negative outcomes, a UA-led report finds.


By Alexis Blue, University Communications | Sept. Read more »

Tiffany Ortega

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Tiffany Ortega
Coordinator, Internship and Career Development
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-7138

Advises: FSHD Undergraduate Internships/Hands-On Learning Experiences
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Sei Eun Kim

Sei Eun Kim
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Family Studies and Human Development
Graduate Student

Katharine H. Zeiders, Ph.D.

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Katie Zeiders, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Studies and Human Development
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-2157

I will be accepting graduate students for entry in 2017!

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: Katharine Zeiders and Antoinette Landor (University of Missouri)

The College Election Study (beginning Fall 2016)

The purpose of this study is 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 (beginning Fall 2016)

The purpose of this study is 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)

 



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