Linda Citlali Halgunseth

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Past Chair, SRCD Latino Caucus



  • Early Career Award, SRCD Latinx Caucus (2017)
  • Early Career Award, AAUP Teaching Excellence (2017)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Missouri
  • M.S. University of Missouri
  • B.A. with Honors, University of Texas at Austin

Professional Interests

  • Mexican/American and African American Parenting
  • Cultural Influences on Parent-Child Relationships and Parenting
  • Children of Immigrants
  • Culturally-Appropriate Measurement Development
  • Minority Health and Well-Being

Recent Publications (students in italics; see CV for full list)

  • Witherspoon, D.P., Wray-Lake, L., ,& Halgunseth, L.C. (in press).  Black Lives Matter!: Adolescence research incrementally dismantles racism and systems of oppression. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 
  • Shah, S., Choi, M., Miller, M., Halgunseth, L.C., & Brenick, A. (2021). Family and school belongingness: Protective factors for immigrant youth against bias-based bullying.  Special Issue on Research with Immigrant Children and Families.  New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development.  
  • Espinosa-Hernández, G., Halgunseth, L.C., Pond, R.S., Daugherty, J., & Dark-Freudeman, A.R. (2020). Barriers to mother-adolescent communication about sex, monitoring, and sexual behavior among adolescents in Mexico. Journal of International Psychology.  Online First Publication.
  • Pachter, L.M., García Coll, C., Perez-Brena, N., Lopez, L.M., Halgunseth, L.C., Mistry, R.S. Stein, G.L., & Carlo, G., (2020). Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on children and youth. Delaware Journal of Public Health, 46(2A), 40-41.
  • Reid, A., Halgunseth, L.C., Espinosa-Hernández, G., Csizmadia, A., & Card, N. (2019).  Cultural Values and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction in Mexican Adolescents: The Moderating Effects of Parental Psychological Control and Gender.  Journal of Adolescence, 77, 118-128. 
  • Halgunseth, L.C., Milan, S., Hynes, K., Melendez-Rhodes, T., & Reid, A. (2019).  Depression as a moderator in the relation between mothers’ and daughters’ ethnic identity commitment. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25(4), 598-603.
  • Halgunseth, L.C. (2019).  Latino and Latin American parenting.  In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting (3ed). Social Conditions and Applied Parenting, vol. 4 (pp. 24-56). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Reid, A., Halgunseth, L.C., Espinosa-Hernandez, G., & Vasilenko, S.A. (2018). Sociocultural influences on the association between negative romantic experiences and psychological adjustment in Mexican adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28 (4), 888-901.
  • Ki, P., Britner, P.A., Rohner, R. R., Halgunseth, L.C., & Rigazio-Digilio, S.A. (2018). Coping with Remembrances of Parental Rejection in Childhood: Gender Differences and Associations with Intimate Partner Relationships.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27 (8), 2441-2455.
  • Bouza, J., Camacho-Thomson, D.E., Carlo, G., Franco, X., Garcia Coll, C., Halgunseth, L.C, …White R., (2018, June).  The science is clear: Separating families has long-term damaging psychological and health consequences for children, families and communities. Washington, D. C.: Society for Research in Child Development.

Former Ph.D. Students:

National Leadership Experience: 

  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 
    • Member, Ethnic Racial Issues Committee
    • Program Co-Chair,  SRCD Special Topic Meeting
      Construction of the “Other”:  Development, Consequences, and Applied Implications of Prejudice and Discrimination (PR, May 2022)
    • Panel Co-Chair, SRCD Biennial (2021)  Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Context
  • SRCD Latinx Caucus
    • Past Chair
    • Chair
    • Chair-Elect
    • Subcommittee Chairs of Membership, Awards, and Elections
  • Society of Research on Adolescence (SRA)
    • Chair, Membership Committee
    • SRA Biennial (2020) Panel Co-Chair:  Culture, Inequality, and Intersectionality
Linda Halgunseth
Contact Information
CampusHartford, Waterbury, and Storrs
CoursesHDFS 3310: Parent-Child Relations in Cross Cultural Perspectives; HDFS 5312: Diverse Families; HDFS 2001: Diverse Issues in HDFS; HDFS 2004W Research Methods in HDFS; LLAS 3470 The Latinx Family