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Ava J. Reck

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelor of Science Psychology; Human Services Appalachian State University 2018
Master of Science Human Development and Family Science The University of Georgia 2021

Research

My research is centered around family stress and adversity during the adolescent period and into emerging adulthood. More specifically, I study psychosocial adjustment, and the ways in which maltreatment, family stress, and parenting impacts internalizing symptoms in youth.

Outreach

2020- 2021: 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

Reck, A., & Kogan, S.M. (2021, April 7-9). Internalizing problems among African American Adolescents and emerging adults: Family stress and rural African American adolescents’ depressive symptoms, [Paper Symposium Session]. Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Kogan, S.M., & Reck, A. (2021, April 7-9). Internalizing problems among African American Adolescents and emerging adults: Racial discrimination and suicidal ideation among rural Black emerging adult men, [Paper Symposium Session]. Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Virtual Biennial 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 Council on Family Relations Annual Conference

Zuercher, H., Reck A., Kogan, S.M. (2020, October 24-28). Blood pressure and employment in young, African American men in rural Georgia. [Individual Paper Conference Session]. 2020 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Reck, A., & Kogan, S.M. (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, www.preventionresearch.org/2020-annual-meeting.

Reck, A., & Broman-Fulks, J. (2018, Nov 15-18). “The Effects of Relevant Treatment Information on Preferences for Depression-Related Interventions”. [Poster Presentation], National Association of Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention https://www.abct.org/conv2018/

Reck, A., & Broman-Fulks, J. (2018, Nov 15-18). “Client Preferences for Depression-Related Interventions”. [Poster Presentation], National Association of Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention https://www.abct.org/conv2018/

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. I also work at the Youth Development Institute directed by Dr. Assaf Oshri, conducting empirical research related to risk and resilience among youth.

Working Papers

Reck, A. J., Tracy, Q., Kogan, S. M. (under review). Predicting dosage in a family-centered preventive intervention for African American youth.

Reck, A. J., Kogan, S. M. (under review). Family stress and rural African American adolescents’ depressive symptoms.

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