RISE - Executive Board

The RISE Executive Board consists of 3 to 4 faculty members who focus on the development and growth of the RISE Initiative. The board members will specifically focus on the overarching vision and mission of the RISE Initiative and will meet 3-4 times per year. The board members will provide regular updates to the RISE Initiative members and seek feedback and approval for any major decisions impacting the initiative. There will be one strategic planning meeting per year early in the Fall semester for the full RISE initiative membership. The term of service for the Executive Board is 3 years (with potential for a second term). 

 

 photo of Kristin Mickelson

Kristin Mickelson, RISE Initiative Director - Research focuses on couple-level and gender social-health resilience factors in the transition to parenthood (e.g., social support, communal coping, self-efficacy), as well as the role of resilience in social class and health (e.g., religion, attributions, familialism).

ASU Mary Burleson

 Mary Burleson - Current research uses a biopsychosocial approach to focus on interactions among emotion and stress, women’s reproductive physiology, and positive interpersonal touch. Physical affection and sexuality can enhance positive emotion and social connectedness (i.e., resilience resources) and ameliorate physiological and psychosocial stress responses (i.e., resilience processes), thereby promoting both mental and physical health.

 ASU Masimu

Masumi Iida - Research focuses on how intimate relationships help with the coping process in the context of various stressful events (e.g., acute professional stress, chronic illness, and everyday hassles).

RISE Members

 ASU Mary Burleson

Mary Burleson - Current research uses a biopsychosocial approach to focus on interactions among emotion and stress, women’s reproductive physiology, and positive interpersonal touch. Physical affection and sexuality can enhance positive emotion and social connectedness (i.e., resilience resources) and ameliorate physiological and psychosocial stress responses (i.e., resilience processes), thereby promoting both mental and physical health.

 ASU Nick Duran

Nick Duran - Research is focused on how complex cognitive processes are revealed in the dynamics of movement and language, both within individuals and across dyads and groups. This work touches upon issues in communicating false beliefs, perspective-taking, and collaborative problem-solving. A wide range of other interests are also pursued, such as the connection between language and action, cognitive dynamics, and dyadic coping within romantic relationships.

ASU Phuong Thao Ha Phuong Thao Ha - Research focuses on understanding risk and resilience among youth within their romantic relationships, with a specific focus on how partner choices, relationship dynamics, and break-ups among heterosexual and sexual minority youth affect their emotional and behavioral adjustment over time. From a larger societal context, her research examines the impact of culture, ethnicity, and SES on relationship development and adjustment outcomes.
 ASU Deborah Hall

Deborah Hall - Research focuses on motivational and ideological aspects of social and group identity, with emphasis on factors that promote resilience and well-being on individual, group, and societal levels.

 ASU Masimu

Masumi Iida - Research focuses on how intimate relationships help with the coping process in the context of various stressful events (e.g., acute professional stress, chronic illness, and everyday hassles).

Frank Infurna

Frank Infurna - Research focuses on psychosocial and health development in adulthood and old age from a lifespan perspective. More specifically, his research examines how older adults adapt resiliently to the developmental challenges and other life stressors that they face.

 Sarah Lindstrom Johnson

Sarah Lindstrom Johnson – Research focuses on positive youth development approaches towards identifying ways to prevent youth involvement in risk behaviors; this research emphasized supporting development assets and improving the environments in which youth learn and grow.

 photo of Sabina Low

Sabina Low - Research focuses on understanding and promoting healthy relationship dynamics within and across family subsystems (marital, parent-child, sibling) using lifespan and dynamic developmental  systems frameworks. Adaptation, scale-up and assessment of family, marital and co-parenting interventions for fragile families. Equity and resilience through peer-based interventions in schools.

 photo of Kristin Mickelson

Kristin Mickelson - Research focuses on couple-level and gender social-health resilience factors in the transition to parenthood (e.g., social support, communal coping, self-efficacy), as well as the role of resilience in social class and health (e.g., religion, attributions, familialism).

photo of Megan Petrov

Megan Petrov - Research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythm development and mechanisms that may affect resiliency, daytime functioning, pathophysiology of chronic diseases, and mental health outcomes.

 ASU Ashley Randall

Ashley K. Randall - Research focuses on using multi-method approaches (e.g., self-report, daily diary, momentary assessment of emotional experiences, and behavioral observations) to examine couples’ automatic and deliberate regulation processes during stressful experiences, and resulting associations with individual and relational well-being. 

 ASU Nicole Roberts

Nicole Roberts - Research focuses on emotion-based mechanisms and processes that may interfere with resilient functioning, such as challenges to adaptive emotion regulation (e.g., emotion suppression; ego depletion; stressful relationship or sociocultural contexts) and strategies for addressing these to promote emotional awareness, adaptive emotion regulation, and resilience.

Connor Sheehan

Connor Sheehan - Research focuses broadly on several areas, including quantitative methods, the life course, sleep, demography, medical sociology, social inequality in health, and gerontology.

Yasin Silva

Yasin Silva - Research focuses on innovative ways to analyze and process data. More specifically, he has been working in the areas of social media analysis, online misbehavior detection, social computing, cyberbullying detection in social networks, big data, similarity-aware data analysis, scalable database systems, and fairness and transparency in AI.

photo of Eric Swank

Eric Swank - Research focuses on minority stress, community connections, and activism among sexual and racial minorities.

 ASU Perla Vargas  

Perla A. Vargas - Research focuses on the study of complex underlying factors impacting the quality of life of individuals with chronic disease using a resilience framework (i.e., identifying protective factors moderating the relationship between risk factors and health outcomes).

ASU Vince Waldron

Vincent Waldron - Research interests include the communication of forgiveness, relational resilience, relationship changes across the lifespan, and the communication of the “moral emotions” in work settings.

Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright - Research focuses on enhancing the lives of those living and working in the correctional system through research, education and community engagement; developed and taught the first Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program class in the state of Arizona and is a co-founder of the Arizona Transformation Project.

 

 

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