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Welcome to the Youth Development in Context Lab

The Youth Development in Context Lab seeks to better understand the ways that community, school, peer, and family settings combine to shape child and adolescent development. With a special focus on cultural contexts of development, our research focuses on topics such as the effects of discrimination on socioemotional development, ethnic identity development, interethnic group social preferences, and school attitudes and outcomes among diverse groups of immigrant youth in the US. In addition to the studies housed at Suffolk, our research team has several collaborations with the Brown University Child Development in Context Research Program, as well as researchers at numerous other institutions across the country.

People

  • Amy Kerivan Marks, PhD

    Specialty Areas
    Developmental Psychology (Social & Emotional), At-risk Youth, Culture & Immigration, Identity & Mixed Methods.

    How do cultural and social contexts like immigration influence youth development? How do adolescents navigate competing cultural contexts (e.g., home, school, peers) as they form their identities? How can every day social settings such as schools and peer groups promote positive development among at-risk youth? My students and I are interested in exploring person-context interactions such as these, particularly within vulnerable populations. Vulnerability can come in many forms – through poverty, discrimination from being a “minority” group member, or through legal status as an undocumented immigrant, for example. Learning about how children and adolescents from vulnerable groups thrive (or don’t thrive) is a central goal of our research. Because many of our research questions are process and context oriented in nature, our lab draws from a variety of mixed qualitative-quantitative methodological techniques. We also rely heavily on positive youth development and resiliency perspectives to inform our work. Graduate students in my lab have recently applied these methodological and theoretical orientations to dissertation topics related to adolescent female sexual identity development, health behaviors and outcomes among immigrant youth, characteristics of the college context which support ethnic minority student retention, and drug misuse patterns among ethnic minority adolescents.

    Selected Publications:
    Conn, B. M., Marks, A. K., & Coyne, L. (In Press). Too many cooks in the kitchen? A three-generation study of child-rearing experiences and parent and child well-being among Chinese-origin immigrant families. Research in Human Development, 10(4).

    Garcia Coll, C. & Marks, A.K. (2011). The immigrant paradox in children and adolescents: Is becoming American a developmental risk? Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

    Marks, A.K., Patton, F. & Garcia Coll, C. (2011). Being bicultural: A mixed-methods study of adolescents’ implicitly and explicitly measured multiethnic identities. Developmental Psychology, 47(1), 270-288.

    García Coll, C., & Marks, A.K. (2009). Immigrant stories: Ethnicity and academics in middle childhood. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Marks, A.K., & García Coll, C. (2007). Psychological and demographic correlates of early academic skill development among American Indian and Alaska Native youth: A growth modeling study. Developmental Psychology, 43(3), 663-674.


  • Bridgid Conn

    I am a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program and an intern at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies from Arizona State University.  At Suffolk, I have served as an Outreach Fellow (2008-2011), a fellowship conferring full tuition and membership of the department’s Diversity Committee, for my first three years of graduate school. This fellowship supports graduate students who demonstrate dedication to engaging in service and research focused on under-served ethnic minority individuals.

    As a Japanese American born and raised in Hawaii, my interests and activities are deeply entrenched in my experiences navigating multiple cultural contexts and biculturalism. In line with the goals of the YDC lab, I am committed to an academic career focused on understanding the unique contributions of socio-cultural factors to youth development. Specifically, my program of research takes a social and ecological approach to understanding mental health functioning in ethnic and racial minority families, with a special emphasis on the link between multi-layered socialization processes and the development of health risk behaviors among adolescents. My interests focus on adolescent substance use; using mixed methodologies, my dissertation research is motivated by challenges faced in substance use research among adolescents. Specifically, I am addressing the crucial research areas of prescription drug misuse and unique socio-cultural factors related to substance abuse among under-served ethnic minority youth.

    My scholarship throughout graduate school has balanced both emic and etic approaches to understanding family processes in child and adolescent psychopathology. My master’s thesis, entitled “Too many cooks in the kitchen? A three-generation study of child-rearing experiences and parent and child well-being among Chinese-origin immigrant families”, focused on the role of intergenerational care-giving practices among Chinese immigrants on the psychological well-being of both parents and children. Using mixed methods, my study showed that parent experiences of less “harmonious” and more conflicting relationships among within multigenerational childrearing (e.g., grandparent and parent) coincided with greater levels both of parental depression and behavioral problems among their preschoolers. 

    My dissertation extends this research on cultural socialization through examining the phenomenon of prescription drug misuse among adolescents. More specifically, my goal is two-fold: 1) describe ethnic group differences in prescription drug misuse, including the influence of peer/parental substance use disapproval, and 2) explore culture-specific beliefs and practices that influence adolescents’ decision to misuse prescription drugs. By applying mixed methods, a more nuanced picture of the complex social and ecological influences on this health risk behavior may be examined, leading to the development of a theoretical framework with implications for both prevention and treatment initiatives. My dissertation research is supported by a Student Research Award from Psi Alpha Omega, the National Honor Society of Division 45 of APA. 

    I have had the opportunity to gain invaluable clinical experiences spanning early childhood through late adolescence. In particular, I have been supervised in individual and group therapy using evidence-based approaches and psychodiagnostic/psychoeducational assessment. In line with my research interests, I have spent the last three years at Bradley Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, working with high-risk ethnically diverse children and adolescents presenting with severe psychopathology (e.g., mood disorders, trauma, attachment disorders, self-injury, comorbid substance use). In addition to intervention/assessment, I have assisted in program development by organizing a substance use handbook for adolescents and co-writing a DBT-oriented group manual for children.

    Research Interests:
    Child and adolescent psychopathology; cultural context and socio-ecological models of development; delivery/utilization of clinical services among under-served ethnic minority youth and families; adolescent substance abuse adolescents/comorbid diagnoses; adolescent health risk behaviors (i.e., prescription drug misuse); prevention/intervention initiatives targeting adolescent health risk

    Publications & Presentations:
    Peer-Reviewed and Edited Articles
    Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (In preparation). Ethnic/racial group differences in the influence of parental and peer substance use disapproval on adolescent prescription drug misuse. Journal of Adolescent Health.

    Conn, B. M., Marks, A. K., & Coyne, L. (Accepted for publication, 2013). Too many cooks in the kitchen? A three-generation study of child-rearing experiences and parent and child well-being among Chinese-origin immigrant families. Research in Human Development, 10(4).

    Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (2012). Asians in S. Loue & M. Sajatovic (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer: New York.

    Marks, A. K., & Conn, B. M. (2012). Acculturation in S. Loue & M. Sajatovic (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer: New York. 

    Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations
    Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (August, 2013). A cross-cultural qualitative study of adolescent prescription drug misuse. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (April, 2013). Adolescent prescription drug misuse: Cross-cultural differences in parental and peer substance use disapproval. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington. [SRCD_Poster 2013]

    McCullough, M., Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (April, 2013). The Immigrant Paradox and obesity: The mediating role of sedentary behaviors. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

    Conn, B. M., Marks, A. K., Coyne, L. W., & Reiner, D. (April, 2011). Intergenerational family care-giving experiences and mental health outcomes among low-income urban Chinese immigrants. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



  • Kida Ejesi

    My name is Kida Ejesi and I am a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University. I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, however, I decided to move eastward for college. I graduated from Tufts University in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology and Child Development. My research interests lie in the developmental, psychological and socioemotional challenges faced by minority youth, as well as the processes surrounding ethnic identity formation, particularly in multiracial adolescents and emerging adults. My Early Research Project, entitled "Relationships Among Parental Attachment and Ethnic/Racial Identity Exploration and Commitment in Emerging Adulthood" aims to look at the relationship between one's attachment to their parent/caregiver and their feelings of attachment toward their ethnic identity. I also have an active line of research activity and interests around the effects of discrimination in childhood and adolescence. My lived experiences as a biracial individual—my father West African and my mother is a fair-skinned, half French, half German New Jerseyan—as well as my work with multicultural/multiethnic at-risk youth have only furthered my research interest in these areas.

    Publications:
    Marks, A. K., Ejesi, K., McCullough, M., & Garcia Coll, C. (Under review) The development and implications of racism and discrimination. In M. Lamb, C. Garcia Coll, & R. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology, Seventh Edition, Volume Three: Socioemotional Processes. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.




  • Camila Godoy

    My name is Camila Godoy, and I am a graduate student at Suffolk University in the Clinical Ph.D. program. I was raised in Puerto Rico, born to a Salvadoran mother and Argentinean father. I moved to Boston in 2009 after graduating from Columbia University with an M.A. in Psychology. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Amy Marks. My research interests surfaced from and are continuously informed by my experiences living and working in Latin America as a multicultural and multilingual individual. They have been furthered through my constant strive to understand the bidirectional influence of culture on development. My Early Research Project, for example, considered the influence of neighborhood characteristics on the “immigrant paradox”—a phenomenon where youths who are less acculturated to mainstream North American culture display better outcomes than more acculturated or native born. 

    Research Interests:

    Ethnic identity, immigration, acculturation, segmented assimilation theory, the immigrant paradox

    Publications & Presentations:

    Marks, A.K., Godoy-Delgado, C.M. & Garcia Coll, C. (in preparation). An ecological approach to understanding immigrant child and adolescent developmental competencies. In L. Gershoff, R. Mistry, & D. Crosby (Eds.), The Contexts of Child Development. Oxford University Press.

    Godoy-Delgado, C.M. (2012). Ethnic identity. Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer.

    Godoy-Delgado, C.M., Marks, A.K., Swenson, L.P., Katsifiacas, D., & Sirin, S.R. (April, 2011) The immigrant paradox and Hispanic youth: A meta-analytic investigation of segmented assimilation theory. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • Mary Beth McCullough

    I am a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Suffolk University. Originally from Nashville, TN, I graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology and from The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) with an M.A. in General Psychology. In my master’s research at UNCW, I developed a teaching intervention to target childhood obesity among preschool-aged children. This work inspired me to pursue more advanced research and clinical training in pediatric psychology at Suffolk; focusing on issues and topics related to pediatric obesity. My most recent work at Suffolk explores the impact of immigrant generation and acculturation on rates of obesity among ethnic minority youth. Currently in progress, my dissertation examines factors contributing to the elevated rates of obesity among second and third generation immigrant children compared to their first generation counterparts. This project is supported by a dissertation award from the Psychology Department.

    In addition to my research activities, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings in the New England area. I have gained valuable experience working with individuals from a wide range of ages in diverse settings, from children in a school setting, to veterans with comorbid medical and psychological diagnoses, and most recently, children diagnosed with a chronic illness in a hospital setting. Consistent with my research interests, working with children diagnosed with a chronic illness has been my most rewarding clinical work to date.  I am currently completing my APA Internship in Clinical Psychology (Pediatric Psychology Specialty) at Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

    Research Interests:

    Developmental risk and protective factors, pediatric obesity, chronic illness, immigrant health disparities, health interventions for minority youth

    Publications & Presentations:

    Marks, A. K., Ejesi, K., McCullough, M. B., & Garcia Coll, C. (Under contract 2014). The development and implications of racism and discrimination. In M. Lamb, C. Garcia Coll, & R. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology, Seventh Edition, Volume Three: Socioemotional Processes. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

    Bankoff, S. M., McCullough, M. B., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Patient-provider relationship predicts mental and physical health indicators for HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(6), 762 – 772. 

    Jelalian, E., & McCullough, M. B. (2012, November/December). Accelerating the progress in obesity prevention: Solving the weight of the nation. [Review of the book Accelerating the progress in obesity prevention: Solving the weight of the nation, by D. Glickman, L. Parker, L. J. Sim, H. Del Valle Cook, & E. A. Miller]. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 6, 505. 

    Nguyen, S. P., McCullough, M. B., & Noble, A. (2011). A theory-based approach to teaching children about health: A recipe for understanding. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103, 594-606. 

    Nguyen, S. P., Gordon, C. L., & McCullough, M.B. (2011). Not as easy as pie: Disentangling the theoretical and applied components of children’s health knowledge. Appetite, 56(2), 265 – 268.   

    McCullough, M. B., & Sandberg, E. H. (2012). The Miller Method. In. E. H. Sandberg, & B. L. Spritz (Eds.), Brief Guide to Autism Treatments. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

    McCullough, M. B., & Sandberg, E. H. (2012). Relationship Development Intervention. In. E. H. Sandberg, & B. L. Spritz (Eds.), Brief Guide to Autism Treatments. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

    McCullough, M.B., & Sandberg, E. H. (2012). Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-handicapped Children. In. E. H. Sandberg, & B. L. Spritz (Eds.), Brief Guide to Autism Treatments. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

    Nguyen, S. P., & McCullough, M.B. (2009). Evaluative categorization of food in children and adults. In S. J. Ellsworth, & R.C. Schuster (Eds)., Appetite and Nutritional Assessment (pp. 175-187). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

    Sandberg, E. H., & McCullough, M.B. (2009). The development of reasoning skills. In E. H. Sandberg & B. L. Spritz (Eds.), A Clinician's Guide to Normal Cognitive Development in Childhood. New York, NY: Routledge.

    McCullough, M.B., Hadley, W., & Jelalian, E. (2013, April). Let’s be clear: Clarity in parent-teen communication and adolescent weight loss. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    McCullough, M.B., Marks, A. K., & Conn, B. M. (2013, April). The immigrant paradox and obesity: The mediating role of sedentary behaviors. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

    McCullough, M.B., & Sandberg, E. (2011, April). What did the doctor say? Examining adolescents’ memory for medical information. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    Brown, K.L., Sandberg, E., Bankoff, S.M., & McCullough, M.B. (2011, April). Age of child and child intrusiveness as predictors of parents’ memory for medical information. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    McCullough, M.B., Sandberg, E., & Taylor, J. (2010, May). Memory for medical information: Differences in recall between adolescents and young adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

    McCullough, M.B., Noble, A., & Nguyen, S.P. (2009, April). The development of a theory-based intervention to increase children’s understanding of health: Results of a 6-month follow-up. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado.

    McCullough, M.B., & Nguyen, S. P. (2007, October). The development of a theory-based intervention to increase children's understanding of health. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Eva Woodward

    I am an advanced graduate student in the clinical psychology PhD program at Suffolk University. Before locating to Boston, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Oklahoma State University. My foundational background in basic science and health, and clinical experience in integrated primary care have influenced my current clinical interests in health psychology. Specifically, I am very interested in strengthening the application of psychologists’ skills in behavioral health to a wide range of physical health issues (e.g., chronic pain, medication adherence). As a first generation college student, another of my primary interests is improving the quality of life of underrepresented populations. This interest has manifested most in my research on sexual minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer [LGBQ]) mental and physical health. Specifically, I am involved in a number of projects related to suicide, HIV, and resilience among the sexual minority community.

    Research Interests:

    Health psychology, HIV, sexual minority mental and physical health, resilience, minority stress theory

    Publications & Presentations:

    Woodward, E. N., Pantalone, D. W., & Bradford, J. (2013). Differences in rates of suicidal ideation and attempts in a sexual minority sample. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, published online first Jan. 2013. doi/abs/10.1080/19359705.2012.763081

    Bloom, J. M., Woodward, E. N., Susmaras, T., & Pantalone, D. W. (2012).  A systematic review of dialectical behavior therapy strategies for treating borderline personality disorder in inpatient settings. Psychiatric Services, 63, 881-888.

    Woodward, E. N. & Pantalone, D. W. (2012). The role of social support and negative affect in medication adherence for sexual minority men living with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23, 388-396. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2011.09.004

    Newcomb, M. E. (chair), Garcia, S. C., Pachankis, J. E., Schwartz, D. R., & Woodward, E. N. (2013, November). Advancing the science of sexual minority stress from multiple disciplines: Measurement issues, mental health associations, and implications for CBT treatment. Symposium at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. 

    Valentine, S. E., Pantalone, D. W., Woodward, E. N., & O’Cleirigh ,C. M. (2013, March). Syndemic indicators predict poor medication adherence and increased health care utilization for urban HIV-positive sexual minority men. Poster presentation at the 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA. 

    Woodward, E. N., Pantalone, D. W., & Gray, T. W. (2013, January). Evaluation of an interpersonal theory of suicide in a sexual minority sample. Poster presentation at the 8th Biennial National Multicultural Summit, Houston, TX.

    Woodward, E.N., & Pantalone, D.W. (2011, August). The role of social support and negative affect in medication adherence for HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Poster presentation at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Woodward, E.N., & Wingate, L. (2009, April). The effect of outness on mental health in gay and lesbian people. Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.

Projects

  • The Immigrant Paradox in Childhood & Adolescence

    Would you find it surprising to learn that some of the most high-achieving and healthiest members of the U.S.’s childhood population are also its newest members? The immigrant paradox is a population-level phenomenon in which newly-immigrated children and adolescents – who typically have fewer family economic resources than children born in the U.S. – tend to have better health or academic success than their wealthier, more highly acculturated (or native born) peers. This pattern has been coined a “paradox” because researchers usually observe that poverty leads to poor health, and because many decades ago scholars used to believe that fully acculturating to the U.S. (i.e., becoming “more American”, speaking English without an accent, etc.), meant that families and children should be healthier and more successful. Mounting research evidence starting predominantly during the 1980’s is challenging these traditional notions, and showing that many different groups of newly-immigrated children and adolescents are thriving. In our own research we find that newcomer immigrant youth are oftentimes doing better in school, having fewer pregnancies, and experience fewer delinquency problems than their U.S. born peers from similar ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

    In the spring of 2007 we began a course of research funded in part by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Jacobs Foundation, which seeks to understand the contextual factors underlying the immigrant paradox in health, behavior and educational/occupational outcomes. Results from this collaborative study have led to numerous presentations and publications, including a recently released co-edited volume from APA Press entitled The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is becoming American a developmental risk? We are also currently working on a meta-analysis of the paradox related to risk behaviors in adolescence.

  • Ethnic Identity Development in Childhood, Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood

    Developing a positive sense of one’s self is one of the fundamental psychological tasks of the developing child. For ethnic and/or racial multicultural or minority youth, developing health ethnic/racial identities (how you experience and understand yourself as a member of a particular ethnic or racial group) is of central importance to the child’s health. This course of research aims to contribute to both process and content research on ethnic identity development from childhood through emerging adulthood. We have a particular interest in bicultural and multicultural youth, as well as conducting mixed methods work in this area. Our studies have combined experimental, implicit, psychophysiological, longitudinal, and qualitative approaches to this important topic. 

    From our studies, supported in part by the National Science Foundation, we are learning more about emerging ethnic identity in middle childhood, how bicultural adolescents and young adults form their ethnic/racial identities in the school context, and how other important psychological processes like attachment, overall identity development, and psychological flexibility inform healthy ethnic identities during emerging adulthood.

  • The Impact of Discrimination on Well-Being

    Did you know that adolescents who feel discriminated against are more likely to be obese, start smoking at a young age, and experience a multitude of behavioral and mental health problems? From depression to low self-esteem to the general mistrust of others, experiencing discrimination can have a profound impact on children’s well-being. As such, another central series of studies in our group focuses on the impact of discrimination for children and adolescent’s development. Although many researchers have long noted the harmful effects of discrimination for adult health and happiness, researchers are only recently beginning to understand the various impacts discrimination has on the developing child. Our work in this area started with a recent systematic review of the literature – part of an upcoming Handbook of Child Psychology published by Wiley – and is continuing with several new studies in progress as a result. 

References and Materials

On this page you will find a list of recent publications with links, whenever possible, to help you locate research content. Please feel free to contact Amy Marks (PI) for copies of articles, conference presentations, or any of the research materials/instruments used in our studies.

Books:

García Coll, C., & Marks, A. K. (2011). The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is becoming American a developmental risk? Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

García Coll, C., & Marks, A. K. (2009). Immigrant stories: Ethnicity and academics in middle childhood. New York: Oxford University Press. 




Book Chapters:

Marks, A. K., Godoy, C.M., & Garcia Coll, C. (In press). An ecological approach to understanding immigrant child and adolescent developmental competencies. In L. Gershoff, R. Mistry, & D. Crosby (Eds.), The Contexts of Child Development. Oxford University Press.

García Coll, C., Patton, F., Marks, A. K., Dimitrova, R., Yang, H., Suarez-Aviles, G., & Batchelor, A. (2012). Understanding the immigrant paradox in youth: Developmental and contextual considerations. In A. Masten (Ed.), Realizing the Potential of Immigrant Youth. Cambridge University Press.

Marks, A. K., Patton, F., & Coyne, L.C. (2011). Acculturation-related conflict across generations in immigrant families. In R. Moreno & S. S. Chuang (Eds.), Changing lives: Theoretical and methodological advances on immigrant children and youth. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 

Marks, A. K., Patton, F. & García Coll, C. (2010). More than the A-B-C’s and 1-2-3’s: The importance of family cultural socialization and ethnic identity development for children of immigrants’ early school success. In R. Takanishi & E. L. Grigorenko (Eds.), Immigration, Diversity, and Education. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. 

Marks, A. K., Powell, K., & García Coll, C. (2009). Ethnic identity. In Shweder, R. A., T. R. Bidell, A. C. Dailey, S. D. Dixon, P. J. Miller, & J. Modell (Eds.), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Ablow, J. C., Marks, A. K., Feldman, S. S., & Huffman, L. C. (2013) Associations between first-time expectant women’s representations of attachment and their physiological reactivity to infant cry. Child Development, 84(4), 1373-1391.

Marks, A. K., Patton, F., & Garcia Coll, C. (2011). Being Bicultural: A mixed-methods study of adolescents’ implicitly and explicitly measured multiethnic identities. Developmental Psychology, 47(1), 270-288. 

Guarini, T. E., Marks, A. K., Patton, F., & Garcia Coll, C. (2011). The immigrant paradox in sexual risk behavior among Latino adolescents: Impact of immigrant generation and gender. Applied Developmental Science, 15(4), 201-209.

Bedard, K.K. & Marks. A. K. (2010). Current psychological perspectives on adolescent lesbian identity development. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 14(1), 16-25. 

Marks, A. K., & García Coll, C. (2007). Psychological and demographic correlates of early academic skill development among American Indian and Alaska Native youth: A growth modeling study. Developmental Psychology, 43(3), 663-674 .

Marks, A. K., Szalacha, L. S., Lamarre, M. Boyd, M. J., & García Coll, C. (2007). Emerging ethnic identity and interethnic group social preferences in middle childhood:  Findings from the Children of Immigrants, Development in Context (CIDC) study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 31(5).

Szalacha, L. S., Marks, A. K., Lamarre, M., & García Coll, C. (2005). Academic pathways and children of immigrant families. Research in Human Development, 2(4), 179-211.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (August, 2013). A cross-cultural qualitative study of adolescent prescription drug misuse. Poster accepted for presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Marks, A. K., Bedard, K. K., Brown, C., Perkins, C. & Garcia Coll, C. (April, 2013). Multiethnic identities and the school context: A mixed-methods approach. Paper symposium presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Conn, B. M., & Marks, A. K. (April, 2013). Cross-cultural differences in the influence of parental and peer substance use disapproval on adolescent prescription drug misuse. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Bedard, K. K., Tresvant, J., & Marks, A. K.  (April, 2013).  Dating, relationships, and sexuality in female adolescents: A qualitative analysis.  Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

McCullough, M. B., & Marks, A. K. (April, 2013). The immigrant paradox and obesity: The mediating role of sedentary behaviors. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

Bedard, K. K., Tresvant, J., & Marks, A. K. (November, 2012).  The Female Adolescent Sexual Identity in Context (FASIC) Measure: Development and Validation. Poster presentation at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD.

Marks, A.K., & Garcia Coll, C. (March, 2011). Understanding the immigrant paradox in childhood and adolescence: An international research symposium. Paper symposium at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Marks, A. K., Guarini, T. E., Patton, F., & Garcia Coll, C. (March, 2011). Non-English language use at home as a mediator of the immigrant paradox in adolescent risk behaviors. Paper presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Guarini, T. E., Marks, A. K., Patton, F., Garcia Coll, C. (March, 2011). Gender differences in the immigrant paradox in Latino & Asian adolescents’ risky behavior. Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Bedard, K. K., Guarini, T. E., & Marks, A. K. (March, 2011). Are friendships and school context important in predicting depression in same-sex attracted adolescents? Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Conn, B. M., Marks, A. K., Coyne, L. C. & Reiner, D. (March, 2011). Intergenerational family care-giving experiences and mental health outcomes among low-income urban Chinese immigrants. Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Godoy, C. D., Marks, A. K., Katsiaficas, D., & Sirin, S. R. (March, 2011). The immigrant paradox and Hispanic youth: A meta-analytic investigation of neighborhood effects. Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Lab Alumni

This section is devoted to proudly acknowledging the legacy of the YDC Lab’s growing family of colleagues. 

Katherine K. Bedard, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 2013

Master’s Thesis: Ethnic identities and the school context: A qualitative analysis of bicultural adolescents’ school experiences.

Doctoral Thesis: Mixed-methods development of the Female Adolescent Sexual Identity in Context (FASIC) measure.

Internship: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Intern (APA Accredited Pre-doctoral Internship)

Post-Doctoral Training: Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Tristan Guarini, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 2013

Master’s Thesis: Who’s at risk? The impact of immigrant generation and gender on the risky sexual behavior of Latino adolescents. 

Doctoral Thesis: Psychological well-being among transgender-identified college students: Support for a person-centered classification system.

Internship: University of Pennsylvania CAPS (APA Accredited Pre-doctoral Internship)

Post-Doctoral Training: New York University Counseling & Wellness Services

Krystle Rivera, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 2013

Master’s Thesis: Cultural transmission and the internationally adopted child: How non-traditional families discuss, identify, and participate in culture.

Doctoral Thesis: Psychological adaptability, immigrant generation status, and ethnic identity development across the college years.

Internship: University of California, Irvine Counseling Center (APA Accredited Pre-doctoral Internship)

Post-Doctoral Training: University of California, San Diego's Counseling and Psychological Services