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Ava J. Reck

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student, GREAT Fellow and Research Assistant

Center for Family Research
1095 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30605




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelor of Science Psychology; Human Services Appalachian State University 2018


My research is centered around family stress and adversity during the adolescent period and into emerging adulthood. More specifically, I am interested in evaluating how the stress and barriers minority groups face in adolescence and emerging adulthood, relate to family functioning, mental health, self regulation and risk taking behaviors. My research interests include the development and evaluation of family-centered prevention programs. 


2020- present: Graduate Student Organization Human Development and Family Science Interview Coordinator

Advisory Committee

MS Committee:

Dr. Steven Kogan

Dr. Margaret Caughy

Dr. Assaf Oshri

Conference Presentations

Zuercher, H., Reck A., Kwon, E., Kogan, S. (2020, October 24-28). Hypertension and Job Satisfaction Among Rural African American Men. [Individual Paper Conference Session]. 2020 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Reck, A., & Kogan, S. (2020, May 26-29). When “Risky” Family Factors Promote Attendance in Family Centered Prevention: Participation Rates and Engagement Procedures in a Trial of the Strong African American Families Program. [Individual Paper Conference Session]. 2020 Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C., USA. www.preventionresearch.org/2020-annual-meeting.

Kogan, S. M., Reck, A., Zuercher,  H., Curtis, M., and Hanley, D. (2020, November 10). Prosocial ties moderate the influence of becoming a father on substance abuse among rural African American emerging adult men. [Individual Paper Conference Session] National Conference on Family Relations.

Reck, A., Broman-Fulks J., Szucs, T. (2018, November 15-18). Client Preferences for Depression-Related Interventions. [Poster Session]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention.

Current Research

I am currently a research assistant for the African American Men's Project at the Center for Family Research. This study aims to evaluate risk taking behaviors African American men face as they are exposed to the social and economic barriers of emerging adulthood.

Job Description

I am currently working as a research assistant for the African American Men's Project at the Center for Family Research. In this role, I aid in the collection and documentation of data. I manage and clean data sets, create and manage codebooks and conduct analyses for lab members.

Working Papers

Reck, A. J., Kogan, S. M. (in preparation). Family Stress and Rural African American Adolescents’ Depressive Symptoms.

Reck, A. J., Tracy, Q., Kogan, S. M. (in preparation). Predicting Dosage in a Family-Centered Preventive Intervention for African American Youth.

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