Faculty Research & Scholarship

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Jose Cervantes


Jose Cervantes, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Counseling


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Research Interests:

As a child/adolescent & family psychologist, Dr. Cervantes has emphasized his study and research in the areas of indigenous spirituality, wellness, and cultural diversity. These areas are interwoven within an understanding of values, meaning, and culturally diverse socialization experiences. Spirituality is viewed as a hub within which life decisions are made, and meaning is formed. Together, these result in significant physical and emotional health implications. Commitment to an indigenous perspective includes the Earth as a living system that embodies intelligence and historical wisdom, and provides the necessary foundation for connection, guidance and harmonious relationships.


Current Projects:

Two areas of research focus include: 1) a book contract with co-editor, Dara Vazin (Public Health) on a textbook entitled Spirituality and Health: The Dynamic Bridge of Consciousness and Wellbeing (Cognella); and 2) interest in comparisons of Wellness and Global Leadership styles between university students from the West, and university students from South East Asia.


Recent Scholarly Achievements:

1) Cervantes, J.M & McNeil B.W. (Eds.) (2021). Latinx Healing Practices: Psychospiritual Counseling Interventions. Cognella Academic Publishing. https://titles.cognella.com/latinx-healing-practices-9781793519825Opens in new window

2) Bemack F., Chung, R. Cervantes J.M., Bryant – Darvis, T. (2021). Reflections on            Race and Ethnicity within a therapeutic setting.  [Professional Video] American            Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.  https://www.apa.org/pubs/videos/reflections-race-ethnicity-therapeutic-settingOpens in new window

3) Cervantes J.M. (2019) Undocumented Immigration and Adolescent Behavior               Problems: The SALUD Model of Family Therapy with Latinx Youth. In P. Pitta and C. Datchi (EDS.) Integrative Couple and Family Therapies: Contemporary Issues and     Treatment Models, pp 179-198 Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2019-36371-009Opens in new window

4) Cervantes J.M. (In Review) What every mental health professional should know about  postmodern spirituality: A Culturally Diverse Perspective. Professional Psychology.


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RECENT faculty publications as of october 2021

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Matt Hoffmann, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology co-authored a book chapter “Does a home disadvantage ever exist?”  Published October 28, 2021 In Gomez-Ruano, M., Pollard, R., and Lago-Penas, C. (eds) Home Advantage in Sport: Causes and Effect on Performance. https://scholar.google.com/scholar?oi=bibs&cluster=8602433372540667079&btnI=1&hl=enOpens in new window

Jennifer Piazza, Associate Professor of Public Health, co-authored and article “Age differences in allostatic load among veterans: The importance of combat exposure.”  Published October 12, 2021 in the Journal of Traumatic Stresshttps://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22731Opens in new window

Michele Wood, Professor and Chair of Public Health, co-authored an article “Evidence-based guidelines for protective actions and earthquake early warning systems.”  Published October 11, 2021 in Geophysicshttps://doi.org/10.1190/geo2021-0222.1Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored an article “Occupational Challenges to the Development and Maintenance of Physical Fitness Within Law Enforcement Officers.”  Published October 11, 2021 in Strength & Conditioning Journalhttps://journals.lww.com/nsca-scj/abstract/9000/occupational_challenges_to_the_development_and.99146.aspxOpens in new window

Rebekah Smart, Professor of Counseling, and Sapna Chopra, Assistant Professor of Human Services, co-authored and article “Therapists and #MeToo: A Qualitative Survey of Personal Reactions and Professional Experiences.”  Published online October 3, 2021 in Women & Therapyhttps://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2021.1971429Opens in new window

Laura Chandler, Assistant Professor of Public Health, and Archana McEligot, Professor of Public Health, co-authored an article “Marijuana use and high-risk health behaviors among diverse college students post- legalization of recreational marijuana use.”  Published online October 2, 2021 in Public Health Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2021.100195Opens in new window

Michele Wood, Professor and Chair of Public Health, co-authored an article “Tornado Warning Guidance and Graphics: Implications of the Inclusion of Protective Action Information on Perceptions and Efficacy.”  Published October 1, 2021 in Weather, Climate, and Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-21-0097.1Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and Scott Lynn, Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored an article “Comparison of Lower Extremity Kinematics during the Overhead Deep Squat by Functional Movement Screen Score.”  Published October 1, 2021 in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicinehttps://doi.org/10.52082/jssm.2021.759Opens in new window

Rebecca Bodan, Associate Professor of Nursing, co-authored a review “Physiotherapy for epidermolysis bullosa: clinical practice guidelines.”  Published September 30, 2021 in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseaseshttps://doi.org/10.1186/s13023-021-01997-wOpens in new window

Jared Coburn, Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored an article “The Evolution of the Physical Work Capacity at the Fatigue Threshold Test: Past, Present, and Future. Published September 23, 2021 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1519/jsc.0000000000004124Opens in new window  

Hannah Fraley, Assistant Professor of Nursing, co-authored an article “Psychometric Evaluation of the School Nurses' Awareness and Perceptions Survey (SNAPS) for Youth At-Risk of Trafficking.”  Published ahead of print on September 13, 2021 in the Journal of Nursing Measurement. https://doi.org/10.1891/jnm-d-20-00018Opens in new window



Asian American young adults who immigrated to the U.S. as children living either without their parents or with one parent while the other parent remained in their country of origin experience long-term effects on wellbeing, cultural identity, family and relationships, and development of personal strengths.

Yuying Tsong , Professor of Human Services

Sapna Chopra , Assistant Professor of Human Services

Asian American Journal of Psychology, 12(2), 147-157Opens in new window

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