Josefina M. Grau
Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago (1992)
Research Area: Clinical - Child and Adolescent
My research interests include the study of parenting and family processes and their relation to social, emotional and cognitive development in children. I am particularly interested in the role culture and context play on these processes, and have examined parenting and developmental processes both among Latino and European-American families. My recent Latino parenting work focuses on Latina adolescent parenting. This line of research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and has examined the individual, family, cultural, and contextual factors that influence the parenting of the young mothers and the developmental outcomes of their children. My normative work on family-based predictors of peer competence focuses on the middle-childhood years in low-risk families, with an emphasis on parent-child relationship influences on children's emotion and regulation styles.
Courses Frequently Taught
- Child Psychology (undergraduate)
- Child Psychopathology (undergraduate)
- Child Psychopathology (graduate)
- Ethnic Minority Issues in Clinical Practice (graduate)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Grau, J., Wilson, K., Weller, E., Castellanos, P., & Duran, P. (in press). Adolescent Parenting: Risk and Protective Factors in the Context of Poverty. In V. Maholmes, & R. B. Kings (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development. New York: Oxford University Press.
Villarruel, F., Carlo, G., Grau, J., Azmitia, M., Cabrera, N., & Chain, N., & Chain, J. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of US Latino Psychology: Developmental and Community Based Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Publications.
Grau, J., Azmitia, M., & Quattlebaum, J. (2009). Latino Families: Parenting, relational, and developmental processes. In F. Villarruel, G. Carlo, J. Grau, M. Azmitia, N. Cabrera, & J. Chain (Eds.). Handbook of US Latino Psychology: Developmental and Community Based Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Publications.
Quintana, S., Aboud, F., Chao, R., Contreras-Grau, J., Cross, W., Hudley, C., Hughes, D., Liben, L., Nelson-Le Gall, S. & Vietze, D. (2006). Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Child Development: Contemporary Research and Future Directions. Child Development, 77, 1129-1141.
Teichman, J. & Contreras-Grau, J. (2006). Acculturation and teaching styles among young Mainland Puerto Rican Mothers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 28, 84-101.
López, I., & Contreras, J. (2005). The best of both worlds? Biculturality, acculturation and adjustment among young mainland Puerto Rican mothers. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36,192-208.
Gentzler*, A., Contreras-Grau, J., Kerns, K., & Weimer*, B. (2005). Emotional communication between parents and children: Associations with child coping in middle-childhood. Social Development, 14, 591-612.
Narang*, D., & Contreras, J. (2005). The role of dissociation and affective family environment in the intergenerational cycle of child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 29, 683-699.
Lopez*, I., & Contreras, J. (2005). The best of both worlds? Biculturality, acculturation and adjustment among young mainland Puerto Rican mothers. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36, 192-208.