Kathleen Diaz

BA (2012) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
MA (2017) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center


Summary

Broadly speaking, my research interest focuses on the role that family and peers play in the onset, maintenance, and treatment of internalizing disorders. More specifically, my goal is to examine how family and peer relationships influence mental health outcomes, particularly internalizing disorders in cross-cultural contexts, in children and adolescents in order to apply this learned knowledge to the development of preventive interventions.

Selected Publications

Díaz, K. I., Fite, P. J., Abel, M. R., Doyle, R. L. (in preparation). Varying experiences of cyber victimization among middle and high school students.

Evans, S. C., Díaz, K. I., Yonce, K., & Fite, P. J. (in preparation). Developmental trajectories and outcomes of proactive and reactive aggression in middle childhood.

Fite, P. J., Poquiz, J. L., Díaz, K. I., Williford, A. P., & Tampke, E. (2019). Links between peer victimization, perceived school safety, and internalizing symptoms in middle childhood. School Psychology Review.

Díaz, K. I., & Fite, P. J. (2019). Cyber victimization and its association with substance use, and depression and anxiety symptoms among middle school youth. Child and Youth Care Forum.

Fite, P. J., Pederson, C. A., Tampke, E., Díaz, K. I., & DiPierro, M. (2019). Links between perceived containment and reactive and proactive functions of aggression among detained youth: Does behavioral inhibition and/or activation matter?

Gudiño, O. G., Stiles, A. A., & Díaz, K. I. (2017). Violence exposure and mental health in Latino youth: The moderating role of active and avoidant coping. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Haimes-Becker, E., Díaz, K. I., Haimes, B. A., & Ehrenreich-May, J. (2016). Anxious youth with comorbid atopic disease present for mental health treatment with higher anxiety severity than youth without atopic disease. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Arora, P., Pössel, P., Barnard, A. D., Terjesen, M., Lai, B. S., Ehrlich, C. J., Díaz, K. I.,.. & Gogos, A. K. (2015). Cognitive interventions. In R. Flanagan, K. Allen & E. Levine (Eds.), Cognitive and behavioral interventions in the schools: Integrating theory and research into practice. New York: Springer Science.

Selected Presentations

Díaz, K. I., Fite, P. J., Abel, M. R., & Doyle, R. L.  (2019, November). Varying experiences of peer victimization among middle and high school students. Poster to be presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Atlanta, GA.

Díaz, K. I. & Fite, P. J. (2018, November). Associations between forms of peer victimization and depressive symptoms among middle school over an academic year. Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Washington, DC.

Jarrett, M., Vernberg, E. M., Abel, M. R., Cho, B., Díaz, K. I., Kassing, F., & Lochman, J. (2018, November). Parent-child agreement on tornado-related traumatic experiences: A novel methodological approach using Geographical Information Systems. Symposium presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Washington, DC.   

Tampke, E., Fite, P. J., Pederson, C. A., Díaz, K. I., & DiPierro, M. A. (2018, October). Links between perceived containment and reactive and proactive functions of aggression among detained youth: Does behavioral inhibition and/or activation matter? Poster presented at the 13th National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Kansas City, MO.

Díaz, K. I. & Fite, P. J. (2018, August). Cyber Victimization and Substance Use in Middle and High School. Poster presented at the 125th American Psychological Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, CA.

Díaz, K. I., Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. L., Blossom, J. B. (2017, November). Trends of cyber-bullying among elementary, middle, and high schoolers. Poster presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. San Diego, CA.

Vernberg, E., McDonald, K., Lochman, J., Jarrett, M., Powell, N., Díaz, K. I.,…Cho, B. (2017, April). Inconsistent parenting moderates how tornado-related trauma predicts trajectories of PTSD symptoms across four years. Symposium presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Austin, TX   

Tampke, E., Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. L., Díaz, K. I., & Johnson-Montoyama, M. (2016, November). Peer victimization and adjustment outcomes among Latino adolescents. Poster presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York City, NY.

Díaz, K. I. & Vernberg, E. M. (2016, September). Teacher Identification of peer victimization of African-American and Hispanic/Latino children. Poster presented at the 12th National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.

Cho, B. O., Vernberg, E. M., Lochman, J. E., Hendrickson, M. L., Díaz, K. I., Jarrett, M. A., & Kassing, F. (2016, August). Self- reported tornado exposure and geographical information systems. Poster presented at the 124th American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Denver, CO.

Stiles, A. A., & Díaz, K. I., Gudiño, O. G. (2016, August). Violence exposure and mental health in Latino youth: The moderating role of active and avoidant coping. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Denver, CO.

Becker, E., Díaz, K. I., Haimes, B. A., & Ehrenreich-May, J. (2016, March). Anxious youth with comorbid atopic disease present for mental health treatment with higher anxiety severity than youth without atopic disease. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Philadelphia, PA.

Díaz, K. I., & Ehrenreich May, J.  (2015, March). Predictors of internalizing disorders: Exploring the role of parents on anxiety and depression. Poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Miami, FL.

Díaz, K. I., Chan, S. F., Ehrlich, C., & La Greca, A. M. (2015, March). Friends’ and family’s social support: Predictor of social anxiety in Hispanic adolescents. Poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Miami, FL.

Ehrlich, C. J., Díaz, K. I., & La Greca, A. M. (2014, October). Adolescent Peer Victimization and Efforts to Cope. Poster presented at the 11th National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.

Marchante, A. N., La Greca, A. M., Díaz, K. I., & Chan, S. (2014, October). Relational Peer Victimization and Somatic Symptoms: Understanding the Role of Emotion Dysregulation. Poster presented at the 11th National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.

Díaz, K. I., Shaw, A. M., Pedersen, E. J., & Timpano, K. R. (2014, March). Anxiety sensitivity and distress tolerance as predictors of acquisition behavior: The role of emotional intolerance in an online shopping paradigm. Poster presented at the 34th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Chicago, IL.

Díaz, K. I., Lai, B. S., Ehrlich, C., & La Greca, A. M. (2014, March). Friends’ and family’s social support: Their association to social anxiety in Hispanic adolescents. Poster presented at the 15th Society for Research in Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Austin, TX.


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