Assaf Oshri

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Assistant Professor

Address:
208 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-4882

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
B.A. Behavioral Sciences Ben-Gurion University 2000
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology Florida International University 2009

Research

I am interested in studying how interactions and coactions among child personality, psychopathology, genetic and biological markers underlie the link between chronic stress in childhood (e.g., child maltreatment, poverty, cultural stress) and adolescent health risk (e.g. substance use and sexual risk behaviors) and resilience. I hope that knowledge generated by my research would inform intervention and prevention programs, as well as promote resilience among children and adolescents at risk.

I also direct the Youth Development Institute (YDI); On Twitter: @YDIatUGA 

Teaching

HDFS 7170 (Graduate Class) " Statistics in Human Development and Family Science Research" (Quant. Analysis I)

HDFS 8730 (Graduate Class) "Structural Equation Modeling for Social Science” (Quant. Analysis II)

HDFS 2950 (Undergraduate Class) " Introduction to Child Development "

HDFS 6900 (Graduate Class) "Early life stress and resilience: Theory, research, and intervention

HDFS 8040​ (Graduate Class) " Developmental Psychopathology in Family Systems "

Areas of Expertise

Informed by developmental systems theories centering on self-organization, process dynamics, bi-directional interactions and transactions, I  employ a developmental psychopathology approach to studying adolescent risk behaviors and their association with chronic stress (e.g., family conflict, child maltreatment, poverty). In particular, in my program of research I have been studying the developmental pathways and trajectories that underlie the link between early childhood adversity on the development of child and adolescent health risk including psychopathology and adjustment problems. I am especially interested in using multi-level research (from the neighborhood through the family and to the genetic level) to understand the developmental ecology in which adolescent risk behaviors probabilistically emerge during development, spanning from childhood to emerging adulthood.  Striving to inform prevention and intervention research, the goal of my research is to enhance and complement current understanding of how early life stress potentiates adolescents to participate in risk behaviors, and what factors and processes promote positive youth development and resilience.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Early Career Faculty Research Award FACS 2015

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Journal of Adolescence 2014
Consulting Editor Child Maltreatment 2014

Publications

Selected peer-reviewed publications (*denotes mentored students)

Oshri, A., Kogan, S., Kwon, J., Wickrama, K., Vanderbroek, L., Palmer, A., & MacKillop, J. (2017). Impulsivity as a mechanism linking child abuse and neglect with substance use in adolescence and adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S0954579417000943

Oshri, A., *Topple, T., & *Carlson, W. M. (2017). Positive Youth Development and Resilience: Growth Patterns of Social Skills among Youth Investigated for Maltreatment. Child Development.

Oshri, A., Kogan, S., Liu, S., Sweet, L., & Mackillop, J. (2017). Pathways Linking Adverse Childhood Experiences to Cigarette Smoking Among Young Black Men: a Prospective Analysis of the Role of Sleep Problems and Delayed Reward Discounting. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 1-9.

Oshri, A., *Carlson, W. M., *Kwon, J., Zeichner, A., & Wickrama, KAS. (2016). Developmental growth trajectories of self-esteem in adolescence: Associations with child neglect and drug use and abuse in young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10964-016-0483-5

Oshri, A., Himelboim, I, *Kwon, J. A., *Sutton, T. A., & MacKillop, J. (2015). Childhood physical and sexual abuse and social network patterns on social media: Associations with alcohol use and problems among young adult women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(6), 845–851(2015). 

Oshri, A., *Sutton, T. E., Clay-Warner, J., & Miller, J. D. (2015). Child maltreatment types and risk behaviors: Associations with attachment style and emotion regulation dimensions. Personality and Individual Differences, 73, 127-133.

Oshri, A., Lucier‐Greer, M., O'Neal, C. W., Arnold, A. L., Mancini, J. A., & Ford, J. L. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences, family functioning, and resilience in military families: A pattern‐based approach. Family Relations, 64(1), 44-63.

Oshri, A., Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J. B., Kwon, J. A., Des Rosiers, S. E., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., ... & Szapocznik, J. (2014). Bicultural stress, identity formation, and alcohol expectancies and misuse in Hispanic adolescents: a developmental approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 2054-2068.  DOI 10.1007/s10964-014-0171-2.

Oshri, A., Handley, E. D., *Sutton, T. E., Wortel, S., & Burnette, M. L. (2014). Developmental trajectories of substance use among sexual minority girls: Associations with sexual victimization and sexual health risk. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55(1), 100-106.

Oshri, A., Rogosch, A. F., & Cicchetti, D. (2013). Child maltreatment and mediating influences of childhood personality types in the development of adolescent psychopathology. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(3),287-301. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2012.715366.

Oshri, A., Tubman, J. G., Morgan-Lopez, A., Saavedra, L., & Csizamadia, A. (2013). Sexual sensation seeking, co-occurring sex and alcohol use, and sexual risk behavior among adolescents in treatment for substance use problems. American Journal on Addictions, 22(3), 197-205. DOI: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.12027

Oshri, A., Tubman, J.G., & Burnette, M. (2012). Childhood maltreatment histories, alcohol and other drug use symptoms, and sexual risk behavior in a treatment sample of adolescents. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 250-257. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300628

A link to the Youth Development Institute (YDI):    http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/research-youth-development-institute