Maria de Guzman on UNL Digital Commons

Maria Rosario de Guzman TMFD Department Chair, Professor and Youth Development Extension Specialist

2004 Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2001 M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1995 B.A., Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University

My appointment is comprised of both research and extension (i.e., the "outreach arm" of the U.S. university land-grant system). I focus on issues around the intersection of culture, migration, family life, and child and adolescent development. My research has covered these issues among children, youth and families in Kenya, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, the United States and the Philippines. Among my current projects, I am studying long-distance parenting strategies among rural-to-urban domestic care workers in the Philippines; socialization goals and ethnotheories of Asian American families in the Midwestern United States, determinants of quality of life in rural ethnic minorities in the United States, and the experiences and determinants of wellbeing among Filipino migrants in Poland.

As a Nebraska Extension faculty member, I work directly in the community to conduct research-based programming, develop educational materials and disseminate information that can help youth gain skills that will make them successful and productive members of society. In my research, I examine the factors that help children and adolescents develop prosocial behaviors (e.g., volunteerism, cooperativeness) and explore how culture impacts upon children's development. My research has examined these issues among children and adolescents in the Philippines, Brazil, Kenya, Turkey, Mexico and the U.S. 

I currently supervise student research in the following program areas:

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Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2009, UNL ARD Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research2009, CEHS Pre-Professorial Award in Research and Creative Activity2008, UNL Distinguished New Employee Award in Extension2003, Presidential Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2003, Diversity Enhancement Research Award, Psychology Dept., University of Nebraska-Lincoln2002, Mildred Thompson Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2005 to present, Assistant Professor and Adolescent Development Extension Specialist, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2005, Visiting Professor, Psychology Department, Creighton University2004-2005, Extension Assistant, Douglas-Sarpy Counties Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1998-2004, Graduate Assistant, Psychology Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1997-1998, Lecturer, Psychology Department, Ateneo de Manila University1995-1997, Preschool Teacher, Young Learners Collaborative
Society for Research in Child DevelopmentInternational Society for the Study of Behavioral DevelopmentSociety for Adolescent ResearchNebraska Cooperative Extension AssociationNational Council on Family Relations