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Julia Mendez

Dr. Mendez has research and teaching interests related to the impact of poverty on the development of young children, parent involvement in children’s education, risk and resilience, and clinical interventions for ethnic minority children and families. In 2001, she received a five-year federal grant to develop and test a preventive intervention designed to promote home-school connection and parent-child interactive learning for children attending Head Start programs. Her current research, also funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, is a three-year project examining parent involvement and barriers to school readiness for children from English Language Learner families.

There are 22 included publications by Julia Mendez :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Adapting clinical services to accommodate needs of refugee populations. 2011 173 The diversity of the refugee population in the United States requires practicing psychologists to respond by adapting clinical services to meet their mental health needs. However, the available literature on culturally adapted treatments is only a fi...
African American father involvement and preschool children’s school readiness 2005 1253 A developmental ecological model was used to identify child attributes, father characteristics, and familial factors associated with multidimensional father involvement with preschool children enrolled in Head Start. The relations between father invo...
Assessing the play beliefs of African American mothers with preschool children 2006 815 A rating scale measuring parent beliefs about play was developed and validated with a sample of 224 African American mothers of children attending Head Start. Principal components analyses of the Parent Play Beliefs Scale (PPBS) revealed two factors,...
Batswana adolescents’ interpretation of American music videos: So that’s what that means! 2001 594 Understanding the impact of mass media communication from developing countries on Black populations continues to be an important research topic. This study assessed the impact of television, specifically, music video programming from the United State...
Conceptualizing sociocultural factors within clinical and research contexts. 2005 88 Cafri, Yamamiya, Brannick, and Thompson (this issue) reported results from a meta-analysis of relations between three sociocultural factors and body image dissatisfaction. Comparison of the effect sizes reveals that internalization of a thin ideal an...
Contextually –relevant validation of peer play constructs with African American Head Start children: Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale 1998 899 The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the construct and concurrent validity of a modified version of the Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale (PIPPS), a teacher-rating instrument of interactive play behaviors of preschool children. PIPPS were...
Cross-ethnic measurement equivalence of measures of depression, social anxiety and worry. 2010 101 Although study of clinical phenomena in individuals from different ethnic backgrounds has improved over the years, African American and Asian American individuals continue to be underrepresented in research samples. Without adequate psychometric data...
Emotion regulation, language ability, and the stability of preschool children's peer play behavior. 2009 35 Research Findings: This study examined the stability of preschoolers' peer play behavior across the school year and the relations between emotion regulation, receptive vocabulary, and the trajectory of social competence deficits. Participants were 33...
Evidence-based solutions for overcoming access barriers, decreasing attrition, and promoting change with underserved families 2004 496 Various definitions exist for what constitutes family therapy (e.g., Haley, 1976; Minuchin, 1974; Webster-Stratton, Kolpacoff, & Hollinsworth, 1988). In this article, we consider family therapy to encompass any intervention that targets family intera...
Head Start University-Community Partnerships and Mentorship of Graduate Students in Early Childhood Research 2006 340 University-community partnerships are becoming increasingly salient to the development of early childhood education experiences that promote school readiness for young children (Barnett & Frede, 2001). Given the unique skills required for such collab...
How can parents get involved in preschool? Barriers and engagement in education by ethnic minority parents of children attending Head Start programs. 2010 337 An intervention was developed to promote parent involvement with ethnic minority families of children attending Head Start preschool programs. Two hundred eighty-eight predominantly African American families from a small southern city were included i...
Implementation of a culturally adapted treatment to reduce barriers for Latino parents. 2012 236 Literature to date has not yet included a comprehensive examination of barriers to participation in treatment for Latino populations, incorporating the role of acculturation. This study reports on the process of developing and implementing a cultural...
Parent characteristics, economic stress, and neighborhood context as predictors of parent involvement in preschool children’s education 2007 1981 This study examines factors related to three dimensions of parent involvement in preschool: school-based involvement, home-based involvement, and the parent–teacher relationship. Participants were 154 predominantly African American parents recruited ...
Parent involvement, parental depression, and program satisfaction among low-income parents participating in a two-generation early childhood education program. 2010 321 Research Findings: This study simultaneously examined parental depression and parent involvement as predictors of satisfaction with an early childhood intervention program. Parents (N = 203) of Head Start children participated in this short-term long...
Parental assessment of peer play: Development and validation of the parent version of the Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale 1998 694 The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the construct validity of the parent version of the Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale (PIPPS) and to compare it with the teacher version. PIPPS were collected on 297 urban Head Start children. The Pare...
Parental engagement and barriers to participation in a community-based preventive intervention. 2009 155 This study examined parent characteristics and barriers to participation in a community-based preventive intervention with a sample of 201 parents from low-income and predominantly ethnic minority backgrounds. Person-centered analyses revealed five s...
Parental reports of preschool children’s social behavior: Relations among peer play, language competence and problem behavior 2002 1579 This investigation examined relations between preschool children's play behavior, language competence, and problem behavior. Parents and teachers provided information on 113 preschool children enrolled in a Head Start program. A subset of these child...
Peer play interactions and readiness to learn: A protective influence for African American preschool children from low-income households. 2012 310 Guided by a strengths-based resiliency framework, this article reviews a body of research on the positive influence of interactive peer play for African American preschool children from low-income households. This literature provides evidence for pos...
Preschool peer interactions and readiness to learn: Relationships between classroom peer play and learning behaviors and conduct 2000 2926 Promoting young children's readiness to learn is a national priority. This mandate is clearly stated within the first of our National Education Goals, which reads that all American children will start school ready to learn by the year 2000 (U.S. Depa...
Profiles of social competence among low income African American preschool children 2002 1644 Relations between children’s personal attributes and peer play competence were investigated in a sample of 141 African American preschool children who participated in Head Start. Variable-oriented analyses confirmed that dispositions of temperament, ...
Resilient partners: The development of a university community collaboration to promote wellness for Head Start children and families 2005 434 This paper describes a theoretically driven approach uniquely suited for the development of research partnerships between university teams and local communities serving children enrolled in Head Start programs. A literature review on dimensions of su...
A validation study of the Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale with urban Hispanic and African American preschool children 2002 1071 Promoting young children’s readiness to learn is a national priority. With the arrival of the new millennium, it is appropriate to reassess our National Education Goal that all American children will start school ready to learn by the year 2000 (U.S....