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Youth-Nex faculty and affiliates engage in research to advance knowledge, improve scholarship, help advance recognition and use of Positive Youth Development in developmental, prevention, and intervention science. Recent examples from 2012-2016 include:

Allen, J. P., Chango, J., Szwedo, D. E., Schad, M. M., & Marston, E. G. (2012). "Predictors of susceptibility to peer influence regarding substance use in adolescence." Child Development, 83(1), 337-350.

Cox, D.J., Davis, M., Mikami, A.Y., Sing, H., Merkel RL & Burket R, (2012). "Long acting methylphenidate reduces collision rates of young adult ADHD drivers." The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.  32(2):225-30.

Gurka, M.J., Ice, C.L., Sun, S.S., DeBoer, M.D. (2012) “A confirmatory factor analysis of the metabolic syndrome in adolescents: An examination of sex and racial/ethnic differences." Cardiovascular Diabetology 11(1):128.

Henry, D.B., Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., & Schoeny, M.E. (2012).  "Risk and promotive factors for youth violence: Results from the CDC Multisite Violence Prevention Project." American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Kennedy, M. J., & Swain-Bradway, J. (2012). "Rationale and recommended practices for using homegrown videos to support school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports." Beyond Behavior, 21(2), 20-28.

Lee-Williams, J., Tolan, P. H., Durkee, M., Amir, F., & Anderson, R. (2012).  "Integrating racial and ethnic identity research into developmental understanding of adolescents." Child Development Perspectives, 6,304-311.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2012). "Mediators of effects of a selective family-focused violence prevention approach for middle school students." Prevention Science, 13,1-14.doi:10.1007/s11121-011-0245-2.

Trawalter, S., Adam, E.K., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., & Richeson, J.A. (2012). "Concerns about appearing prejudiced get under the skin: Stress system responses to interracial contact in the moment and across time." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 682-693.

Wakschlag, L.S., Henry,D.B., Tolan,P.H., Carter,A.S., Burns, J.L.,& Briggs-Gowan, M.J. (2012). "Putting theory to the test: Modeling a multidimensional, developmentally-based approach to preschool disruptive behavior." Journal of the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51, 593-604.

Aiyer, S. M., Williams, J. L., Tolan, P. H., & Wilson, M. N. (2013). "Predicting desistance in a high-risk sample: Examining the influence of individual and contextual factors." Journal of Community Psychology, 41 (4), 408-424.]

Bass, Ellen J., Susan E. Bruce, and Douglas W. Lee. "The effect of a birthday card intervention on 21st birthday celebratory drinking behaviors." Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education 57.2 (2013): 47-65.

Cornell, D.G., Lovegrove, P. J, & Baly, M.W. (2013, November 11). "Invalid survey response patterns among middle school students."  Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0034808.

Cox D.J., Gonder-Frederick, L., Shepard, J.A., Campbell, L.K., Vajda, KA, (2013) "Driving safety: Concerns and experiences of parents of adolescent drivers with Type 1 Diabetes." (2012).  Pediatric Diabetes. Vol 13 (6) 506-510.

DeBoer, M.D., Scharf, R.J., Demmer, R.T. (2013) “Sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain in 2- to 5-year-old children.”  Pediatrics, 132:413-420.

Deutsch, N.L., Lawrence, E., & Henneberger, A. (2013). Social Class. In D. DuBois & M. Karcher (Eds). The Handbook of Youth Mentoring, 2nd Edition (pp 175-187). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Deutsch, N.L., Wiggins, A., Henneberger, A. & Lawrence, E. (2013). "Combining mentoring with structured group activities: A potential after-school context for fostering relationships between girls and mentors." Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 5-16. First published online September 17, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0272431612458037.

Durkee, M. I., & Williams, J. L. (2013). "Accusations of acting White: Links to Black students’ racial identity and mental health."  Journal of Black Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0095798413505323.

Jones, J. N., & Deutsch, N. L. (2013).  "Social and identity development in an after-school program changing experiences and shifting adolescent needs." The Journal of Early Adolescence, 33(1), 17-43.

Henry, D. B., Dymnicki, A. B., Schoeny, M. E., Meyer, A. L., & Martin, N. C., Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2013). "Middle school students overestimate normative support for aggression and underestimate normative support for nonviolent problem-solving strategies."  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 (2), 433-445.

Hurd, N. M., Varner, F., & Rowley, S. J. (2013).  "Involved-vigilant parenting and socio-emotional well-being among Black youth: The moderating influence of natural mentoring relationships." Journal of Youth and Adolescence,42, 1583-1595. doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9819-y (first and second authors made equal contributions)

Kennedy, M. J., & Wexler, J. (2013). "Helping students succeed within secondary-level STEM content—Using the “T” in STEM to improve literacy skills." Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(4), 26-33.

Matjasko, J. L., Vivolo-Kantor, A., Henry, D. B., Gorman-Smith, D., & Schoeny, M. E., The Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2013).  "The relationship between a family-focused preventive intervention, parenting practices, and exposure to violence during the transition to adolescence: Testing a mediational model." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22 (1), 45-66. doi:10.1080/10926771.2013.743947.

Merkel, R.L., Nichols, J.Q., Fellers, J.C., Hildago, P., Martinez, L.A., Putzinger, I., Burket ,R.C., Cox, D.J. (2013).  “Comparison of on-road driving between young adults with and without ADHD.” Journal of Attention Disorders, 2013; published on line 02/11/2013.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2013). "The moderating role of developmental microsystems in selective preventive intervention effects on aggression and victimization of high-risk socially-influential students." Prevention Science, 14, 390-400.

Patterson, C. J. (2013).  "Schooling, sexual orientation, law and policy: Making schools safe for all students." Theory into Practice, 52, 190 - 195.

Scharf, R.J., Demmer, R.T., DeBoer, M.D. “Longitudinal evaluation of milk type consumption and weight status in preschoolers.” Archives of Disease in Childhood 98:335-340 (2013).

Sheidow, A., Henry, D., Tolan, P., & Strachan, M. (2013). "The role of stress exposure and family functioning in internalizing outcomes of urban families." Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9793-3

Tolan, P., Lovegrove, P., & Clark, E. (2013).  "Stress mitigating protective factors for development of inner-city African American and Latino young men." Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 2013 Apr-Jul; 83(2 Pt 3):289-98. doi: 10.1111/ajop.12038

Williams, J. L., Aiyer, S. M., Durkee, M. I., & Tolan, P. H. (2013).  "The protective role of ethnic identity for urban adolescent males facing multiple stressors." Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10964-013-0071-x

Allen, J. P., Chango, J., & Szwedo, D. E. (2014).  "The adolescent relational dialectic and the peer roots of adult social functioning."  Child Development85(1):192–204. doi:10.1111/cdev.12106

Baly, M., Cornell, D., & Lovegrove, P. (2014).  "A longitudinal comparison of peer- and self-reports of bullying victimization across middle school." Psychology in the Schools. 51, 217–214. doi:10.1002/pits.21747

Hurd, N. M., Stoddard, S. A., Bauermeister, J. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014).  "Natural mentors, mental health, and substance use: Exploring pathways via coping and purpose." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84, 1-11. doi:10.1037/h0099361

Lambert, A. E., Simons-Morton, B. G., Cain, S. A., Weisz, S., Cox, D. J. (2014). "Considerations of a dual-systems model of cognitive development and risky driving." Journal of Research on Adolescence. 24(3) 541–550. doi:10.1111/jora.12126

Patterson, C. J. (2014). "Sexual minority youth and youth with sexual minority parents."  In G. Melton, A. Ben-Arieh, J. Cashmore, G. S. Goodman, and N. K. Worley (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook Of Child Research. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.

Riskind, R. G., Tornello, S. L., Younger, B., & Patterson, C. J. (2014). "Sexual identity, partner sex, and sexual health among adolescent girls in the United States." American Journal of Public Health104(10) 1957–1963.

Tolan, P. H. (2014). "Future directions for positive development intervention research." Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology 43(4), 686–694. doi:10.1080/15374416.2014.936604

Tolan, P. H. (2014). "Making and using lists of empirically tested programs: Value for violence interventions for progress and impact." Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Report, Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World.

Tolan, P. H. (2014). "More than afterthoughts and details: Maintenance and booster effects as critical elements of intervention research."  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10802-013-9839-4.

Tolan, P. H., Henry, D., Lovegrove, P., Schoeny, M. & Nichols, E. (2014). "Meta-analytic review of the impact of mentoring on high-risk youth delinquency and related behavioral outcomes." Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Tolan, P. H., & Larsen, R. (2014). "Life satisfaction trajectories during middle school: Relation to developmental-ecological microsystems and student functioning." Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.12156

Tornello, S. L., Riskind, R. G., & Patterson, C. J.  (2014). "Sexual orientation and sexual and reproductive health among adolescent young women in the United States." Journal of Adolescent Health, 54, 160–168.

Williams, J. L., Anderson, R. E., Francois, A. G., Hussain, S., & Tolan, P. H. (2014).  "Ethnic identity and positive youth development in adolescence males: A culturally integrated approach." Applied Developmental Psychology. 18(2), 110–122. 

Allen, J. P., Uchino, B. N., and Hafen, C. A. (2015).  "Running with the pack: Teen peer-relationship qualities as predictors of adult physical health." Psychological Science, 1-10. 

Bradshaw, C.P. (2015).  "Translating research to practice in bullying prevention." American Psychologist, 70 (4), 322–332. doi:10.1037/a0039114

Bradshaw, C. P., Pas, E., Debnam, K., & Lindstrom Johnson, S. (2015).  "A focus on implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in high schools: Associations with bullying and school disorder." School Psychology Review, 44(4) 480–498.

Hurd, N., Hussain, S. B., & Bradshaw, C. P. (2015).  "School disorder, school connectedness, and psychosocial outcomes: Moderation by a supportive figure in the school. Youth in Society.

Jia, Y., Konold, T.R., & Cornell, D. (2015).  "Authoritative school climate and high school dropout rates." School Psychology Quarterly. 31(2), 289–303.

Kofler, M., Larsen, R. & Darve, D. & Tolan, P. H. (2015).  "Developmental trajectories of aggression, prosocial behavior, and social–cognitive problem solving in emerging adolescents with clinically elevated Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms." Journal of Abnormal Psychology124, 1027–1042.

Marshall, J., Lawrence, E. C., Williams, J. L, & Peugh, J. (2015).  "Mentoring as service-learning: The relationship between perceived program support and outcomes for college women mentors." Studies in Educational Evaluation, 47, 38–46.

Tolan, P. H. (2015). When you come to a fork in the road—Take it: My developmental pathway in child and family psychology. The Advocate2, 10–11.

Tolan, P. H., & Deutsch, N. L. (2015).  Mixed methods in developmental science. In W.F. Overton, & P.C. Molenaar (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, Vol. 1: Theory and method. (7th ed.). (pp. 713-757). Editor-in-chief: R. M. Lerner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Williams, J.L. & Deutsch, N.L. (2015).  "Beyond between-group differences: Considering race, ethnicity, and culture in research on positive youth development programs." Applied Developmental Science. 20(3). 203–213. doi:10.1080/10888691.2015.1113880 

Bottiani, J.H., Bradshaw, C.P., & Mendelson, T. (2016).  "Inequality in Black and White high school students' perceptions of school support: An examination of race in context." Journal of Youth and Adolescence45 (6), 1176–1191. doi:10.1007/s10964-015-0411-0

Deutsch, N. L., Reitz-Krueger, C., Henneberger, A., Futch, V., & Lawrence, E. C. (2016). "It gave me ways to solve problems and ways to talk to people:" Outcomes from a combined group and one-on-one mentoring program for early adolescent girls. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1–32.

Ehrlich, V.F., Deutsch, N.L., Fox, C., Johnson, H., & Varga, S. (2016).  "Leveraging relational assets for adolescent development: A qualitative investigation of youth-adult ‘connection’ in positive youth development. Qualitative Psychology, 3(1), 59–78.

Gregory, A., Hafen, C. A., Ruzek, E. A., Mikami, A. Y, Allen, J. P., &., Pianta, R. C. (2016).  "Closing the racial discipline gap in classrooms by changing teacher practice."  School Psychology Review, 45, 171–191.

Henry, D., Tolan, P. H., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M. (2016). "Alternatives to randomized control trial designs for community-based prevention evaluation." Prevention Science. 1­–10. doi:10.1007/s11121-016-0706-8

Kansky, J., Allen, J. P., & Diener, E. (2016).  "Early adolescent affect predicts later life outcomes." Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 1–21. doi:10.1111/aphw.12068

Kibler, A., & Valdés, G. (2016). “Conceptualizing language learners: Socio-institutional mechanisms and their consequences.” Modern Language Journal, 100, 96–116. doi:10.1111/modl.12310

Palacios, N., & Kibler, A. (2016). Development of oral English language proficiency and reading mastery: The role of home language and school supports. The Journal of Educational Research, 109(2), 122–136. doi:10.1080/00220671.2014.927341

Tolan, P. H. (2016). Introduction to special issue: "Positive youth development interventions: Advancing evaluation theory and practice." Applied Developmental Science. 20(3) 147–149.

Tolan, P. H., Ross, K., Arkin, N. Godine, N. & Clark, E. (2016). Toward an integrated approach to positive development: Implications for intervention. Applied Developmental Science. 20(3) 214–236.

Williams, J. L. (2016).  "Building 'Ladders of Opportunity' for Boys and Young Men of Color Requires Attention to Gender, Race, and Racism." Society for Research in Child Development Social Policy Report, 29(3), 22-24.

In Press
Deutsch, N.L., Blyth, D.A., Kelley, J., Tolan, P.H., & Lerner, R.M. (in press).  "Let’s talk after-school: The promises and challenges of positive youth development for after-school research, policy, and practice." Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice.

Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (in press).  "Universal versus selective approaches to school-based violence prevention: a randomized trial of ecological effects on middle school students." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Sangwon, K., Orpinas, P., Martin, R., Horne, A., Sullivan, T. N. & Tolan, P. (in press).  "The multisite violence prevention project: A typology of behavior adjustment among early adolescents." Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Williams, J. L., & Hussain, S. (in press). Bullying and cultural considerations. In C. P. Bradshaw (Ed.), Handbook of bullying prevention: A lifecourse perspective. National Association of Social Workers Press.

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