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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
Year Description
2021 Montoro, J., Miller, S., Cross, F. L., Rivas-Drake, D. (2021, April). Parent-adolescent dissimilarity in ethnic-racial identity exploration: Implications for adolescent family cohesion and depressive symptom. Paper accepted to the Virtual Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development.
2021 Aramburu, J., Cross, F. L., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2021, January). Latinx immigrants raising children in the land of the free: Parenting in the context of persecution and fear. Poster accepted to the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Virtual Conference.
2020 Cross, F. L., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2020, Jan). Socialization Practices Latinx Immigrant Parents Utilize to Prepare Their Children for Anti-Immigrant Discrimination. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
2019 Medina, M., Constante, K., Cross, F. L., Mendez, L., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2019, March). What’s Relationship Quality Got to Do With it? Ethnic Socialization within Latinx Families. Poster submitted to the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
2019 Cross, F. L., Medina, A., Montoro, J., Medina, M., Pinetta, B., Miller, S., Tran, M., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2019, March). Illuminating ethnic-racial socialization among undocumented Latinx parents and its implications for adolescent psychosocial functioning. Paper submitted to the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
2019 Cross, F. L., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2019, March). Methodological issues and effective strategies for working with different Latinx populations in the U.S. Paper submitted to the International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France.
2019 Cross, F. L., Hoffman A. J., Constante, K., & Rivas-Drake D. (2019, March). The role of ethnic-racial identity on the development of depression among Latino adolescents. Poster accepted to the International Convention of Psychological Science, Paris, France.
2018 Constante, K., Medina, M., Cross, F. L., Mendez, L., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2018, April). Ethnic identity, cultural socialization, and family cohesion. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN.
2017 Cross, F. L., Marchand, A., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2017, March). Academic socialization & school involvement among Latino families in relation to adolescent school outcomes. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.
2016 Rivas-Drake, D., Cross, F. L., Marchand, A., & Constante, K. (2016, March). Ethnic-racial identity processes among Latino parent adolescent dyads: Implication for academic adjustment. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.
2015 Cross, F. L., Rivas-Drake, D., Kruger, D., Ledón, C., & Waller, A. (2015, April). Documentation status concern as a predictor of Latino parent school involvement. Poster symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

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