M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University

Victoria’s research is focused on serving children, youth, and families in resource-challenged settings with flexible education opportunities, particularly those that support socioemotional development. Her research interests emphasize the underpinnings of socioemotional growth and wellbeing including hormonal, neurological, and relational components and how these are influenced by trauma and family crisis. She has participated in diverse research projects including biopsychosocial associations in parent-child relationships, marital-parenting spillover, trafficking and vulnerable populations, and Montessori education environments. In addition, she has been involved in extension projects supporting parents and community members in helping children enhance literacy and STEM skills and processing trauma.

Victoria’s methodological emphasis and expertise is in qualitative methods, although she has also experience with and values quantitative research, particularly when embedded in a mixed methods research design. In addition to experience leading qualitative research, she has co-taught Qualitative Methods and Advanced Qualitative Methods graduate-level courses with Dr. Wayne Babchuk. She has analytical experience using MAXQDA and SPSS and is skilled in other applications for research and dissemination (e.g., Qualtrics, infographic platforms). Victoria values research that works alongside community efforts to enhance individual and family well-being (e.g., community-based/participatory action research).

Victoria’s prior experience includes research on the intersection of child development and educational practices in teacher training, Montessori education/curriculum training for Primary through Elementary (Preschool-6th grade), cofounder/human resources director/accountant for a successful business startup, ecclesiastical leadership, leading community volunteer projects (e.g., an initiative for Days for Girls International), and her own marriage and family (including four children and two dogs!)

Why CYAF at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“The intersection of child development, family studies, and education with a global emphasis was a perfect fit for my research interests. I anticipated that the CYAF program at UNL would provide ample opportunities and support for pursuing my professional goals and scholarly goals – and I have not been disappointed! The diversity of research interests among students and faculty, interdisciplinary approaches, research opportunities, and rigorous scholarship have greatly enhanced my experience and training.”

Lab Participation

Human Trafficking & Vulnerable Populations Research Lab

Nebraska Strong Families Lab

Highlighted Publications & Presentations

  1. Kuo, P.X. & Johnson, V.J. (under review). Whose parenting stress is more vulnerable to marital dissatisfaction? A within-couple approach. Family Process.

  2. Napoli, A. R., & Johnson, V. J. (2019). Promoting young children’s early language and prereading skills with dialogic reading. NebGuide G2317. Nebraska Extension.

  3. Johnson, V. J. & Kuo, P. X. (2020, November 8-11). Sticking together: Supportive coparenting between heterosexual couples, parenting stress, and difficult children [Poster session]. 2020 NCFR Annual Conference, held virtually due to COVID-19.

  4. Kuo, P.X., & Johnson, V.J. (2020). Marital to parenting spillover processes: Comparing fathers and mothers. In J. Mahalik (chair), New Directions on Father Involvement: Individual, Family, and Societal/Community Perspectives. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, held virtually due to Covid-19.