Nancy Gonzales is Foundation Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. Her research examines culturally-informed models of family and youth resilience in low-income communities. Over the past 20 years, her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Helios Education Foundation, and the Institute for Educational Sciences and has contributed important insights into the cultural strengths, challenges, and positive development of Mexican Americans living in the Southwest. This research encompasses multiple collaborations and research studies that collectively span across the lifespan, from birth to young adulthood.
Dr. Gonzales also translates findings from culturally-informed developmental studies to design and evaluate programs to reduce minority health disparities and promote academic resilience in secondary and post-secondary educational settings. Her team’s Bridges program for middle school students demonstrated long-term effects to increase school engagement and achievement and prevent multiple problem outcomes up 10 years later, including reduced school dropout and lower rates of mental health and substance abuse disorders in young adulthood. Currently she is working to implement the program in Title 1 schools and to examine whether emotional, cognitive, and biological self-regulation are key mediating mechanisms through which Bridges produces long term educational benefits and reduced drug and alcohol problems.
As Associate Dean of Faculty, Dr. Gonzales leads the academic personnel team in the College of Liberal Arts and Science to implement all personnel processes in the college. In this role, she also works to advance faculty development initiatives and to ensure CLAS faculty and administrators are well-positioned to advance ASU’s commitment to build excellence, enhance access, and impact our community, state, nation and the world.