Dr. Katharine Zeiders’ Research Lab:
Stressors, Context, and Health
We study how sociocultural stressors impact youths’ daily and long-term functioning. We focus primarily on Latino youth (but not exclusively), identifying experiences of ethnic discrimination and stressors associated with the acculturation process. We examine multiple aspects of stressors— environmental experiences, appraisals, and physiological responses—and link stressors to multiple aspects of health and functioning that include depression, anxiety, physical well-being, and academic success. Our goal is to understand how and under what conditions are stressors impacting youth. We also consider youths’ resources (e.g., cultural values, ethnic identity, family relationships) and the ways they may mitigate the effects of stressors on health.
Katharine Zeiders is an Assistant Professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. She completed her Ph.D. at Arizona State University and two postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University and Arizona State University.
Find Dr. Zeiders’ publications on Google Scholar.
Health and Relationships During College: A collaborative project with Dr. Antoinette Landor at the University of Missouri. This project examines African American and Latino college students’ weekly experiences of stress
The Adolescent Election Study: A collaborative project with Dr. Lindsay Hoyt and Dr. Rajni Nair that
Sylvia Castillo is a senior from Yuma, Arizona. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Human Development. Her research interests include child development, adolescent development, and race and gender discrimination. After graduating in spring of 2018, she plans on attending graduate school to further her research interests.
Rikki Silver is a senior from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development with a minor in Special Education. This is Rikki's first semester as a Research Assistant and enjoys the all the components involved in evidence-based practice research. She plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy after graduation.
Angela Cruze is a doctoral student in Family Studies and Human Development. She is a University of Arizona alum, with a background in educational policy, and equitable education for youth of color. Her research focuses on adolescent development, positive youth development, and specifically with Latino youth. She is interested in strength-based research focusing on the positive effects of culture and family on youth development and academic achievement. She is also interested in research that focuses on the biological effects of microaggressions on Latino youth well-being, as well as the effects microaggressions have on Latino youth’s academic outcomes.
Alexandria S. Pech is a 4th year doctoral student from Los Angeles, CA. Her research interests center on Youth Participatory Action Research, adolescent development among youth of color, particularly youth with incarcerated parents, Critical Race Theories, and counterstory methodology. She is a recipient of the 2016 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and the 2015 University of Arizona Centennial Graduate Achievement Award. Additionally, she is a 2017 R.A.C.E. Fellow (Research Advocacy in Critical Education).
Maura Shramko is a third-year doctoral student. Her research broadly focuses on positive youth development (PYD), and centers on the ways young people's experiences of marginalization and discrimination influence development. Her research utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods, as well as participatory approaches. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on research that examines the way intersectional inequality affect youth civic development. Her long-term research work looks to inform community functioning based on youths’ lived experiences.
Dr. Zeiders is currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2018 admittance.
Undergraduate honors students are encouraged to join our research team for one year to complete their honor’s thesis.
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