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Fernanda L. Cross

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Fernanda L. Cross

Cross received her MSW from the School of Social Work and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research program utilizes a strength-based approach to examining family and cultural factors that promote healthy development and mitigate the risk of poor psychological and/or educational outcomes for Latinx adolescents and families. She is particularly interested in examining the role undocumented status plays in family processes and adolescents’ outcomes, as well as the protective effects of ethnic-racial socialization and identity development. To inform her research, Cross utilizes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methodologies, and she draws on not only her personal experience as a Latinx immigrant but also her dozen years of involvement in the Latinx immigrant community of southeast Michigan as both an advocate and a Portuguese/Spanish interpreter.

Research Interests/Focus

Latinx mixed-status families, undocumented immigrants, ethnic-racial socialization, discrimination experiences, adolescent mental health and academic outcomes

Education

Year Degree   School
2019 PhD Developmental Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2010 MSW Interpersonal Practice/Children & Youth University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Fall 2021

Course Catalog

Contexts of Life-course Development: Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood SW630

Instructor: Fernanda L. Cross
Time: Wed 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Past Term Courses

Winter 2021

Course # Section Course Name
SW630 003 Contexts of Life-course Development: Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood View Course
SW630 004 Contexts of Life-course Development: Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood View Course

Fall 2020

Course # Section Course Name
SW630 001 Contexts of Life-course Development: Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood View Course

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