Gary Germo

Gary Germo

Associate Professor
Phone: (657) 278-7704
Office: EC-458


Degrees Obtained

Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Irvine, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior with a specialization in Developmental Psychology.  
M.S., 2006, University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology.   
B.A., 2002, University of California, Irvine., Department of Psychology and Social Behavior.

Research Interests

What promotes positive adaptation among at-risk youth? What processes are associated with parents’ successful navigation of family strain? These questions are at the center of my research program. I am particularly interested in how social relationships can promote adjustment during times of risk and adversity. My research draws on several theoretical perspectives including attachment theory, family systems theory, risk and resiliency, and stress and coping. Further, drawing on the ecological model of human development, I am interested in the role of social relationships in relation to both psychosocial and physiological adjustment among community samples of families and at-risk youth.


My overarching goals as a teacher are to instill a passion for learning, promote  critical thinking skills, and to provide a foundation of knowledge that enhances students’ future acad