Pamela J. Turbeville graduated with distinction from the University of Arizona in 1972 as a double major in Family and Consumer Sciences and Education. Upon graduating, Ms. Turbeville pursued graduate degrees (MBA in Finance from the University of Denver, MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Dallas) and executive education (Stanford Executive Program). She was selected to receive the 2000 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Achievement Award at the Homecoming event. Ms. Turbeville has strong family ties to the University of Arizona. Her father, John H. Turbeville, two aunts, and many other family members received UA degrees. In 2000, to support faculty research and teaching, Ms. Turbeville established The Pamela J. Turbeville Endowment in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Read More
Jose Causadias, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Title: "Do We Overestimate the Role of Culture in the Behavior of Minorities and Underestimate it in the Behavior of Whites?” Friday, October 7, 2016, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: While cultural processes influence all human beings, there is a tendency to see minorities first as members of a group who are shaped primarily by social-level cultural processes, and to perceive Whites as autonomous and independent actors whose traits and behaviors are shaped by individual-level processes (e.g., personality). Three studies investigated this issue using archival (N = 724 research articles), experimental (N = 308 psychologists), and survey (N = 247 psychologists) methods. Results provide converging evidence supporting the tendency to favor cultural explanations over other potential explanations when psychologists consider behavior and cognition among minorities, while they favor individual-level explanations when they consider Whites. Implications for theory, research, and interventions are discussed.
Title: “Moving Beyond Salmon Bias: Assessing Health Selection among Mexican Migrants”
Friday, November 18, 2016, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Jeremy Fiel, Ph.D., University of Arizona, School of Sociology
“Decomposing the Emergence and Transmission of Multigenerational Educational Inequality”
Friday, December 2, 2016, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: Recent multigenerational stratification research focuses on direct grandparental effects on child outcomes. This study adapts semiparametric decomposition techniques to examine the multigenerational educational stratification process more thoroughly, assessing both direct and indirect pathways that link grandparents’ and children’s educational attainment. I use data from the Child and Young Adult Cohorts of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, which provides measures of several mediating constructs in both the parent and child generations, including characteristics of their upbringing, cognitive and noncognitive skills, and educational orientations. I find that multigenerational effects emerge solely through grandparents’ influences on parents as youth, that most multigenerational effects ultimately operate through children’s experiences and attributes, and that direct grandparental influences on children explain a trivial amount of educational inequality. Together, the findings underscore the primacy of parent-child transmissions as foundations educational stratification in the U.S.
Nolan Cabrera, Ph.D., University of Arizona, College of Education
“‘If Lil’ Wayne can say it, why can’t I?’: White Male Undergraduates and the N-Word”
Friday, January 20, 2017, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: This talk explores the causes and consequences of White male undergraduates using the n-word during their college years. Almost all heard and used the n-word in their everyday lives, believed it was not racist, but tended not to say it in the presence of minorities. Some were uncomfortable hearing the n-word, but they rarely challenged their friends. The discussion engages both institutional and individual responsibility for this phenomena, and the methodological implications for a Man of Color conducting this type of research.
Eric Swank, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Professor of Practice in Social and Cultural Analysis
“Sexual identities, Resistance, and Protesting”
Friday, February 17, 2017, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: Social Movements often contest social inequalities through the means of individual and collective resistance. After defining different types of political resistance, this presentation focuses on how sexual identities are related to a person’s tendency to join socio-political protests. In blending theories from Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, Swank first explores the reasons behind LGBT activism for sexual Minorities. Later, the presentation focuses on why sexual minorities are more inclined to join feminist, anti-racist, labor, and environmental social movements than heterosexuals. In offering quantitative analysis of local and national surveys, special attention is given to issues of educational attainment, exposure to discriminatory events, and the framing of social hierarchies as well as the racial, gendered, and class divisions within LGB communities.
Rebecca White, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
“New Approaches to Neighborhood Effects Scholarship for a New America”
Friday, March 24, 2017, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: In this presentation I will integrate both mainstream and cultural developmental perspectives to inform research on neighborhood influences on children, youth, and families. First, I will suggest that a comprehensive understanding of neighborhood influences on child development must be informed by research on ethnic and racial minority children’s development in neighborhoods. Second, I will suggest that cultural-developmental frameworks provide good tools for theorizing ethnic and racial minority children’s development, but limited tools for theorizing what is happening in ethnically and racially structured neighborhoods. Third, I will suggest that mainstream neighborhood frameworks – like social disorganization and collective efficacy theories – provide good tools for theorizing the neighborhood, but limited tools for theorizing ethnic and racial minority children’s development. I will close by sharing some examples of the types of research that can begin to decompartmentalize mainstream from cultural developmental perspectives to inform a new generation of neighborhood effects scholarship, one that recognizes changing U.S. demographics.
Jina Yoon, Ph.D., University of Arizona, College of Education
Friday, April 14, 2017, 1:15-2:30 pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Maureen Kelly, Ph.D.
Friday, January 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., McClelland Park RM 101
Title: "The Last Lecture”
Abstract: From an early age, I wondered why people make the choices they do. Over time, this question resulted in my studying how people decide to become researchers, teacher decision-making about methods of teaching and adolescent sexual decision-making. As a constructivist scholar, I believe that individuals make meaning through interactions with each other and with the environment they live in. A long time feminist, I have always been a voice for pushing harder, faster and more inclusively for those who are different or less ordinary. As I move into the third phase of my life, I will share some perspectives on phase two, my life as an academic. A collection of ideas and observations from 32 years of teaching at The University of Arizona
Workshop Material: https://youtu.be/OPMKHgrVRpY
John Ruiz, Ph.D
Friday, January 22, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., McClelland Park RM 402
Title: "From Voodoo Death to Vigilance: The Evolution of Research on Stress and Heart Disease”
Abstract: Folklore has long held that stress can have deleterious health effects, including disease and death. Now, with robust evidence supporting this relationship, efforts are focused on what causes stress and understanding the pathways by which stress gets “under the skin” to influence disease risk. Our social lives constitute an important source of risk and resilience in the experience of stress and its consequences. Moreover, individual differences in the tendency to perceive or experience social stress are prospectively associated with faster disease progression, adverse health events, and mortality. Social vigilance is an emerging candidate behavior potentially linking awareness of social stress to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Social vigilance reflects a sensory intake process where an environment or potential threat is continually monitored and reappraised in order to detect any change in status. This effortful state of readiness may be an adaptive behavior in some contexts. However, sustained vigilance or hypervigilance may have deleterious health consequences. The aims of this talk are to: a) briefly review the evolution of stress and health research, and b) address interpersonal influences of stress with a focused discussion of social vigilance. The talk will conclude with a discussion of next steps, including potential interventions.
Workshop Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTSUTndebF8&feature=youtu.be
Media Training: Representing Your Research in News and Social Media
Friday, February 12, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., McClelland Park RM 402
Workshop Materials: https://youtu.be/K9Kcek2JMeE
Chris Segrin, Ph.D
Friday, March 4th, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., McClelland Park RM 210
Title: “Causes & Consequences of Overparenting”
Abstract: Overparenting, which is colloquially referred to as “helicopter parenting,” has received considerable media attention in the past 10-15 years but has only recently received scientific research attention. This presentation will address current theorizing into the reasons why parents engage in this practice. It will also describe why overparenting has largely negative effects on the emerging adult children who are reared by parents who engage in these behaviors. Findings from several multi-site national family survey studies coordinated out of our lab at U of A will be presented to illustrate potential causes and consequences of overparenting in family systems.
Workshop Materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlZpK_dNzfc&feature=youtu.be
Title: "Environmental and Intergenerational Influences on the Behavioral Health of Youth in Southeast Asian Refugee Families”
Abstract: Health disparities research has documented an “immigrant advantage” for children of immigrants, who despite challenges in social status and integration, report fewer health, educational, and behavior problems compared to native-born children. However, less is understood about whether this advantage applies to children of refugees and forced migrants, many of whom survived trauma and violence in war-affected areas. In this presentation I will highlight research focused on youth in Southeast Asian refugee families in the U.S., a vulnerable yet understudied population. First, I will describe a study that used community-based participatory research (CBPR) to understand the experiences and health needs of Cambodian American adolescents in Southern California. Second, I will discuss a project examining the intergenerational transmission of trauma in Cambodian and Vietnamese refugee families drawn from the Pacific Northwest. Implications for youth- and family-focused prevention efforts within these communities will be discussed.
Connie Beck, Ph.DFriday, April 22nd, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., McClelland Park RM 402
Department of Psychology, The University of Arizona
Title: "Domestic Violence in Couples in Divorce Mediation: Issues, Assessment and Current Research"
Abstract: In many jurisdictions divorcing couples are court-ordered to participate in divorce mediation to resolve parenting plan disputes prior to a court allowing a case to proceed. Historically 40-80% of these divorcing couples enter this highly stressful legal process having experienced violence and abuse in the relationship. Dr. Beck will review her research concerning testing of a typology of intimate partner violence using a sample of couples in mediation, the couple-level patterns of intimate partner violence that emerged in the data, development of a screening instrument for the mediation context and her current randomized controlled trial, with colleagues from Indiana University, testing two mediation interventions with high violent couples as compared to sending them back to court without mediation. In this context, identification of intimate partner violence can lead to better decisions as long-term, difficult to modify custody orders concerning the custody and parenting of children are made during divorce mediation. Accurate identification can also assist researchers in designing specialized mediation interventions for couples experiencing intimate partner violence, mental health practitioners who may treat these families and custody evaluators who may make recommendations to the courts.
Workshop Material: https://youtu.be/tKRvnyyWon8
Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D
Friday, April 29th, 2016 1:00 p.m-2:30 p.m., McClelland Park RM 402
Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
Abstract: Latino youth are at increased risk for numerous indicators of maladjustment, partially as a function of experiences with culturally informed stressors. The current presentation will provide a demographic snapshot of the Latino population in the U.S., as well as an overview of areas in which Latino youth in the U.S. demonstrate disproportionate maladjustment or underachievement. With a focus on resilience, ethnic-racial identity will be introduced as an important developmental task that is highly salient during adolescence, and that has the potential to confer psychological benefits to youth in the U.S. Finally, preliminary findings from a small-scale, randomized controlled trial in which aspects of ethnic-racial identity were examined as intervention targets will be presented.
Workshop Material: https://youtu.be/LhoOF1aPDBs
Roberto Baiocco, Ph.D.
Friday, January 16, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 206
Title: Be as You Are: Clinical and Research Experiences from an Italian University Centre that Promotes the Wellbeing of LGBT People
Abstract: In Italy, sexual orientation disclosure for LGB people is still a challenging process since it may result in social rejection and objective discrimination. Indeed, it is well known that heterosexism and homonegative attitudes are firmly rooted in Italian society and its institutions. In this talk, I will start giving a general overview of the Italian context regarding LGBT issues highlighting those legal and social developments that inevitably have a profound influence on the well-being of sexual minority people. Then, I will illustrate the clinical and research experiences in the “Be as You Are” University Centre, a Counselling Service in Rome for issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Specifically, I will discuss our research and our clinical approach about the role of coming out from a systemic family perspective in promoting well-being for sexual minority youths. From a systemic point of view, coming out process has been deﬁned as a “whole family experience’’ and an “interpersonal phenomenon” since it is a salient event involving all family members. The view of the family as a “system” allows us to understand and to work on the parental reactions to their children’s coming out. Understanding the coming out process and the variables related to family responses is an important aspect for the design and delivery of services aimed to promote wellbeing in sexual minority youth.
Workshop Materials: Video
Danielle Delpriore, Ph.D.
Friday, January 23, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 206
Title: The Effects of Paternal Disengagement Cues on Women’s Sexual Attitudes and Perceptions
Abstract: Previous research demonstrates a robust association between father absence – or low quality paternal investment – and daughters’ accelerated development, increased sexuality, and earlier reproduction. However, the psychological shifts underlying the association between low quality fathering and these outcomes remain largely unexamined. The current work begins to address this empirical gap, exploring the impact that proximately activated cues to paternal disengagement have on women’s sexual psychology. In a series of experiments, women were prompted to describe a time that their biological father was physically or psychologically absent for an important life event (or a control state) before completing measures designed to assess their sexual attitudes and perceptions. The results demonstrate that women primed with paternal disengagement cues reported less restricted sexual attitudes, and perceived greater sexual intent in men’s actions and faces, relative to women in the control condition. This work suggests that attitudinal and perceptual shifts may contribute to the reliably observed association between father absence and daughters’ accelerated sexual and reproductive outcomes.
Workshop Materials: Video
Kevin Grimm, Ph.D.
Friday, February 20, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 210
Title: Methods Workshop: Introduction to Growth and Growth Mixture Modeling with Structural Equation Modeling.
Abstract: This workshop will introduce the growth model and growth mixture model, two commonly utilized statistical approaches to study within-person change and between-person differences in change. During the workshop we will discuss the statistical underpinnings, important theoretical and practical considerations, and implementation of the models using the Mplus software. Illustrative examples will be used throughout the workshop and include data from education, psychology, and human development.
Workshop Materials: Powerpoint and Readings
Joyce Serido, Ph.D.
Friday, March 6, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 206
Title: Life after College: Pathways to Self-Sufficiency in Young Adulthood
Abstract: The journey from adolescence to adulthood has shifted from visible, public markers such as first career job, marriage, starting a family, to a more subjective and private assessment of one’s ability to accept self-responsibility, establish an independent household, and make adult life choices (Arnett, 2000). Because financial knowledge, skills, and behaviors are needed to successfully manage adult roles and responsibilities, I conceptualize the transition to adulthood as a pathway toward a goal of financial self-sufficiency. Financial self-sufficiency refers to the ability to meet financial obligations without assistance. In this presentation, I first outline the case for examining financial behavior as a developmental process. I then examine the association between patterns of young adults’ financial behaviors during college to markers of adult self-sufficiency after college using three waves of data collected from a cohort of University of Arizona students (N= 977). I conclude with a discussion of the factors that distinguish between the patterns and the relevance for adult development and well-being.
Workshop Materials: Video
Spring Poster Session
Friday, March 13, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 210
Are you planning on taking part in the Spring 2015 Poster Session? The session is open to Norton School students and post doctorate fellows who have made or will make a poster or oral presentation at a conference during this semester and would like to share their research with the rest of the Norton School.
William D. "Scott" Killgore, Ph.D.
Friday, April 24, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 206
Title: Sleep Deprivation Selectively Impairs Emotional Aspects of Cognition
Abstract: Sleep deprivation affects many aspects of cognitive functioning, ranging from simple alertness and vigilance to higher order executive functions including judgment and complex decision-making. However, the deficits induced by sleep loss are often less consistent than might be expected, and emerging evidence suggests that many cognitive capacities show a surprising resilience to sleep deprivation. This has led to some debate in the literature concerning the validity of the assumption that sleep deprivation has ubiquitous negative effects on cognition. The current presentation will begin by focusing on the effects of sleep deprivation on metabolic activity within the prefrontal cortex, the brain region generally most involved in executive functions. Building upon the evidence that sleep deprivation leads to significant reductions in prefrontal metabolism, we then focus on a series of neurocognitive studies that explore the effects of total sleep deprivation on executive function capacities. Overall, these studies suggest that some aspects of executive functioning, especially those mediated primarily through dorsolateral prefrontal systems, are often resistant to sleep loss, perhaps through compensatory activation in other brain regions. On the other hand, we find that many higher order tasks that seem to be mediated primarily via the ventromedial/orbitofrontal systems are often quite profoundly affected by sleep loss, leading to alterations in judgments and decisions that involve emotional processing. Further data supporting this hypothesis will be presented from our recent studies employing resting state functional connectivity. Finally, we will integrate those findings with some of our ongoing research that explores the neurocircuitry that may contribute to the ability to resist the adverse effects of sleep deprivation.