Andrea Romero is an associate professor in the department. She also has appointments in Family Studies & Human Development. She has courtesy appointments in Psychology, Gender and Women's Studies, and Latin American Studies. Born in Visalia, California, she grew up in the Southwest United States, including Vallejo, California; Oxnard, California; El Paso, Texas; and Farmington, New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with emphasis in quantitative methodology, Latino/a psychology, and adolescent health. Her research interests include studying cultural factors that may prevent ethnic and racial health disparities. She has published several articles that focus on sources of resiliency found in ethnic identity, families, and low-income neighborhoods. Her research is based on community-based participatory action research methods to end health disparities and close the education achievement gap for Mexican descent adolescents. She teaches MAS 280: Social Perspectives in Mexican American Studies; FSHD 117 Lifespan Development; FSHD 496z Community Based Approaches to Close the Achievement Gap. To visit Prof. Romero's web page, go to http://ag.arizona.edu/fcs/faculty/andrea_romero
Ph.D. Applied Social Psychology 1997, Minor: Quantitative Methods, Psychology Department, University of Houston
M.A. Applied Social Psychology, 1995, Psychology Department, University of Houston
B.A. Chemistry, 1993, Minor: Psychology, Texas A & M University
The major research projects that I am working on right now address the following questions:
- What are sources of resiliency within low-income neighborhoods that contribute to substance use prevention, and educational achievement?
- What are effective parenting strategies (communication, monitoring, financial education, positive relationships) to help Latino youth as they transition into adulthood?
- How can we better understand the ecodevelopmental context of adolescent depression and suicide among Latinos? What factors contribute to greater adolescent resiliency and better mental well-being?
Dr. Romero is taking graduate students for entry in 2015.
Here are some recent selected publications by Dr. Romero.
Romero, A.J. & O’Leary, A.O. (2014). When you know yourself you’re more confident: Resilience and stress of undergraduate students in the face of “Anti-Ethnic Studies” bills. In J. Cammarota. & Augustine Romero. (Eds.) Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution (pp.91-106). Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press. (Invited chapter with new empirical data)
Romero, A.J. Edwards, L., Corkery, S.+ (2013). Assessing and treating Latinos: Overview of mental health research. In. F. Paniagua and A-M. Yamada (Ed.) Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health: Assessment and treatment of diverse populations (pp.327-343). San Diego: Academic Press. (Invited theoretical review).
Cabrera, N.L., Meza, E.L., Romero, A.J., & Rodriguez, R. (2013). If there is no struggle, there is no progress: Transformative youth activism and the School of Ethnic Studies. Urban Education Review. 45(1), 7-22.
Santiago-Rivera, A., Cardemil, E., Prieto, L. & Romero, A.J. (2013). Welcome to the Journal of Latina/o Psychology: Vision and Evolution. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1(1), 1-2.
Romero, A.J. (2012) Latin Active: A Pilot Test of the Latin Active Hip Hop Intervention to Increase Physical Activity Among Low-income Mexican American Adolescents. American Journal of Health Promotion. 26(4), 208-211.
Carvajal, S.C., Rosales, C., Rubio-Goldsmith, R., Sabo, S., Ingram, M., McClelland, J., Redondo, F., Torres, E., Romero, A.J., Ochoa O’Leary, A., Sanchez, Z., & Guernsey de Zapien, J. (2012). The Border Community and Immigration Stress Scale: A preliminary examination of a community responsive measure in two southwest samples. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health, 15(2), 427-436.
O'Leary, Anna Ochoa, Andrea J. Romero, Nolan L. Cabrera, and Michelle Rascón.
(2012). Assault on Ethnic Studies. In Santa Ana, O. & Gonzalez de Bustamante, C. (Eds.) Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media & Provincial Politics. Lanham, MD and New York: Rowman & Littlefield, pp.97-120.
O’Leary, A. & Romero, A.J. (2011) Undergraduate student’s engagement with Arizona Senate Bill 1108 “Anti-Ethnic Studies”: Influences of civic engagement, ethnic identity on well-being. Aztlan, 36, 9-36.
Romero, A.J., Edwards, L. & Orduña, M. (2011). Multiracial feminist framework: Influence of social power structures on mental health of Latina adolescents. In Cabrera, N. & Villarruel, F. (Eds.). Latina and Latino Children’s Mental Health (pp.159-184). (Invited theoretical review). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.
Russell, S. & Romero, A.J. (2011). Sexual orientation and identity in Latino/a youth: Implications for mental health. In Cabrera, N. & Villarruel, F. (Eds.). Latina and Latino Children’s Mental Health. (pp.133-157). (Invited theoretical review) Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.
Romero, A.J. (2008). Orthogonal cultural identification theory. In F.T.L. Leong (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Counseling: Volume Four: Cross Cultural Counseling. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
Romero, A.J., Martínez, D. & Carvajal, S.C. (2007) Bicultural stress and adolescent risk behaviors in a community sample of Latinos and non-Latino European Americans. Ethnicity and Health. 12(5), 443-463.
Romero, A.J. & Carvajal, S.C., Valle, F., Orduña, M. (2007). Adolescent bicultural stress and its impact on mental well-being among Latinos, Asian Americans, and European Americans. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(4), 519-534.
Romero, A.J., Robinson, T., Haydel, F., Mendoza, F. & Killen, J.D. (2004). Associations among familism, language preference, and education in Mexican American mothers and their children Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 25(1), 34-40.
Areas of Study:
- Social Psychology
- Community-based Health Promotion
- Youth Mental well-being
- Bicultural Stress (Stress due to discrimination, family cultural conflict, language)
- Ethnic identity