Jose-Michael Gonzalez

Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Jose-Michael’s scholarly/research agenda focuses on two central areas: 1) Sibling Life-Course Dynamics of Care & Support. His research aim is to develop the Transformative Sibling Process (TSP) framework to understand mutual ties of reciprocal obligations relevant to sibling relationships where social bonds forged during early experiences influence individual and family health and well-being across the life course. The TSP framework can be used to explain contextual processes in which siblings serve as surrogate parents and caregivers during difficult times and transitions. Siblings as coparents can take two forms, parenting a sibling along with their shared biological parent or parenting with a brother or sister the offspring of that sibling. 2) Positive Youth Development (PYD) among ethnic/racial minority and marginalized children and youth in cross-cultura l/national contexts, and applications of PYD fundamentals in Global Extension 4-H
programming. His research aim is to further develop methods centered on examining developmental mechanisms of intra- and inter-variation centered on intersectoral, multilevel, and multicomponent experiences that align with assets of children, youth, and families from historically marginalized groups and developing
nations, toward uncovering protective mechanisms in early childhood with effects through the lifespan that inform, research, policy and extension and intervention/prevention practice.


B.A. in Child Development – Developmental Research Track (May 2013) at California State University, Stanislaus
M.S. in Human Development & Family Studies, Concentration: Intervention & Evaluation, (May, 2016) at University of Arizona

Featured Publications

Gonzalez, J.-M., Stefenel, D., & Dimitrova, R. (2016). Intersectional scholarship and positive youth Development: Post-modern paradigm shift in understanding adjustment of marginalized youth. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Special Issue Series VII: Social Science & Law, 9(58) No.2. ISSN 2066-7701.

Gonzalez, J.-M. (2016). Variability in Antisocial and Prosocial Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Contributions of Peer Behavior and Perceptions of Adult and Peer Feedback. University of Arizona Thesis & Dissertations Repository. Submitted to Journal of Research in Early Adolescence.

Barnett, M. A., Mortensen, J.A., Gonzalez, H., & Gonzalez, J.-M. (2016). Cultural factors moderating links between neighborhood disadvantage and parenting and co-parenting among Mexican Origin Families. Child Care Youth Forum. doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9365-y.

Ellis, B. J., Volk. A, Gonzalez, J.-M., & Embry, D. D. (2015). The meaningful roles intervention: An evolutionary approach to reducing bullying and increasing prosocial behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi:10.1111/jora.12243.

Ellis, B. J., Volk. A, Gonzalez, J.-M., & Embry, D. D. (2015). Meaningful roles intervention
supplemental materials: Job roles & demonstration project findings. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi:10.1111/jora.12243

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies
348 Mansfield Road, U-1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058