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Stein, Gabriela Livas

Gabriela L Stein

Department Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences, Professor
College of Natural Sciences, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

I study risk and resilience in minoritzed youth and families; Latine families; and mental health care access. Accepting students for 2024.

Phone: 512-232-1883

Office Location

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712


Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University

Research Interests

Gabriela Livas Stein's research attempts to identify individual, familial, and cultural processes that promote positive development and mitigate risk for minoritized youth, with a focus on immigrant and Latine populations. Her work grounded is cultural models of child development incorporates tenets of developmental psychopathology to understand trajectories of mental health and educational outcomes. Her work also uses community-engaged approaches to develop and test prevention and intervention programs that address the mental health and cultural needs of minoritized youth and their families. 

The CAMINOS lab led by Dr. Stein focuses on basic science questions involving risk and resilience processes in minoritized communities including understanding the impacts of racial-ethnic discrimination, acculturative stress, and econonmic stress on youth and family outocomes, as well as the promotive roles of critical civic engagement, coping, racial-ethnic socializaiton, and familism values. Her translational work focuses on prevention programming for minoritized families (e.g., racial-ethnic socialization interventions) and increasing mental health access for underserved communities (e.g., community health worker delivered mental health interventions). 

Current Grant Funding

Principal Investigator, Building Infrastructure for Community Capacity in Accelerating Integrated Care, National Institutes of Mental Health (2019-2024)

Principal Investigator, One Talk at A Time: Racial and Ethnic Socialization in Diverse and Immigrant Families, WT Grant Foundation (2022-2025)

Co-Investigator, Succumbing, Surviving, and Thriving: The Development of Low-Income Students in the Long Shadow of COVID-19, National Institutes of Mental Health (2023-2028) 

Consultant, Promotoras: Building Capacity of Latinx Community Health Workers to Ensure Behavioral Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (2023-2025) 

Prior Grant Funding

Co-Investigator, Padres efectivos y terapistas entregados, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2016-2018) 

Co-Investigator, Addressing disparities in Latino families, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (2013-2016) 

Selected publications (* denotes graduate student or postdoctoral fellow; ^ denotes undergraduate)

Patel, P.*, Stein, G.L., Kiang, L., Cheah, C., & Juang, L. (in press). Adolescent-directed Racial-ethnic Socialization: Developmental Processes that Contribute to Adolescents’ Ability to Provide Racial-ethnic Socialization within Immigrant Family Contexts. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Salcido, V*. & Stein, G. L. (2023). Examining the Influence of Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Parental Warmth on Latinx Youth Psychosocial Outcomes, Journal of Latinx Psychology. Online only.

Stein, G. L., Christophe, K*., Castro-Schilo, L., Gomez Alvarado, C*., & Robins, R. (2023). Longitudinal links between maternal cultural socialization, peer ethnic-racial discrimination, and ethnic-racial pride in Mexican American youth. Child Development. Online only.

Stein, G. L., Salcido, V*., & Gomez Alvarado, C*. (2023). Resilience in the Time of COVID-19: Familial Processes, Coping, and Mental Health in Latinx Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-15.

Martin Romero, M. Y*., & Stein, G. L. (2023). Invisible targets: Conceptualizing US Latine youth's exposure to family‐level vicarious racism. Child Development Perspectives17(1), 18-24.

Stein, G. L., Jensen, M., Christophe, N. K*., Cruz, R. A., Martin Romero, M., & Robins, R. (2022). Shift and Persist in Mexican American Youth: A Longitudinal Test of Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 32(4), 1433-1451

Martin Romero, M*., Gonzalez, L.M., Stein, G.L., Alvarado, S^., Kiang, L., & Coard, S.I. (2022). Coping (together) with hate: Strategies used by Mexican-origin families in response to racial-ethnic discrimination. Journal of Family Psychology, 36, 3-12.

Stein, G.L., Coard, S.I., Gonzalez, L.M., Kiang, L., M., & Sircar, J*. (2021). One Talk at A Time: Developing an Ethnic-Racial Socialization Intervention for African American, Asian American, and Latinx American Families. Journal of Social Issues, 77, 1014-1036.

2022   Dean’s Award for the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusiveness College of Arts and Sciences, UNC Greensboro

2021   UNCG Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award

2021   Society for Research on Child Development Latinx Caucus Mid-Career Award

2019   2018/19 All-Southern Conference Award

2017  National Role Model, Faculty Mentor Award

2014  Bernard-Glickman Dean’s Professorship at UNC Greensboro

2012  Latino Diamante Award in Education

2007 APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology

There are multiple opportunities for student learning:

Observational coding: learn how to code parent-child conversations about race, cultural, and ethnicity

Community-engaged practices: partner with community members in developing research questions and analyzing data

Data collection: help support mutliple funded projects with minoritized youth and their families by screening families, completing structured interviews, conducting observational visits, and supporting completion of survey data

Join an interactive lab meeting: read recent research articles and discuss how to apply their findings to community prevention and intervention work

Develop your own research: conduct an independent query learn how to formulate a hypothesis, test the question, and disseminate findings