This presentation will focus on a program of research examining the cultural and developmental contexts of Latino youth’s psychosocial and sexual risk behaviors. This talk will highlight the effects of youth’s Latino values and relationships with parents and friends on risky behaviors. Implications for practice and research will also be discussed.
Myriam Villalobos, Ph.D. was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Rochester under the guidance of Dr. Judith G. Smetana. Myriam specializes in Latino adolescents’ healthy development within their cultural and developmental context. Her dissertation work on Latino adolescents’ daily prioritizing of Latino values and autonomy desires was supported by a Dissertation Research Award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). In addition, she was awarded Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her work on Latino youth wellbeing as a Visiting Scholar at Teacher’s College National Center for Children and Families. She is currently a Faculty/Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work where she teaches Research Methods in Social Work and conducts research on Latina adolescents’ risky sexual behaviors.
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