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R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez

R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Latino and Immigrant populations, Parenting, Social Stressors, Mental Health, Academic Achievement, Equity and Social Justice

I am an Assistant Professor at the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD) in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. I am currently a Co-Investigator and the project director of the Latinos in Context Project (LINCs), an NIH- and IES-funded longitudinal research project focusing on the family and school contexts of Mexican and Dominican children as they enter school. I am also a Co-Investigator of a RCT of ParentCorps, a population-level family-centered, school-based intervention that aims to strengthen family engagement and attenuate the adverse effects of poverty on child development.

My research interests are very much influenced by my own upbringing in a Mexican immigrant household and community. As a bilingual/bicultural developmental psychologist, I am interested in the prevention of mental health problems and the promotion of academic achievement and health in children from immigrant and ethnic minority populations. My research focuses on children, families and caregivers who are at psychological and academic risk due to social inequality. To this end, my work focuses on understanding the influence of poverty, discrimination and associated social stressors on caregiver mental health, family functioning and child well-being. A second line of research investigates the impact of early interventions, specifically ParentCorps, on parent and child outcomes, focusing on the child-, family-, and teacher-level factors that may moderate the association between early intervention participation and later outcomes. In 2012, and again in 2016, I received a health disparities research loan repayment award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2018, I received the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Award to study the impact of immigration-related threat and stress on school communities.

My research has been published in numerous journals including Pediatrics, Journal of Family Psychology, Prevention Science, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, and Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Prevention Research, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the National Latino Psychological Association. I earned a PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University and hold a BA in human biology from Stanford University.



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Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

PhD from Columbia University

Applying a Community Violence Framework to Understand the Impact of Immigration Enforcement Threat on Latino Children

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Ayon, Cecilia; Torres, Franco

Social policy report. 2018 Sep 25; 31(3):1-24

Kim, Yeonwoo; Calzada, Esther J.; Barajas-Gonzalez, R. Gabriela; Huang, Keng-Yen; Brotman, Laurie M.; Castro, Ashley; Pichardo, Catherine

Journal of educational psychology. 2018 JAN; 110:119-132

Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, R.; Calzada, Esther; Huang, Keng-Yen; Covas, Maite; Castillo, Claudia M.; Brotman, Laurie M.

Parenting, science & practice. 2018; 18:216-239

Huang, Keng-Yen; Calzada, Esther; Cheng, Sabrina; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Brotman, Laurie Miller

Child psychiatry & human development. 2017 08; 48(4):572-583

Calzada, Esther; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Huang, Keng-Yen; Brotman, Laurie

Journal of clinical child & adolescent psychology. 2017 Jul-Aug; 46(4):551-562

Calzada, Esther; Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Dawson-McClure, Spring; Huang, Keng-Yen; Palamar, Joseph; Kamboukos, Dimitra; Brotman, Laurie Miller

Prevention science. 2015 Nov; 16(8):1159-68

Barajas-Gonzalez, R Gabriela; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne

Journal of family psychology. 2014 Dec; 28(6):855-66

Barajas-Gonzalez, RGabriela; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne

Hispanic journal of behavioral sciences. 2014 NOV; 36(4):506-521