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Rocio Rivadeneyra

Associate Dean
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Stevenson Hall - STV 141
Office Hours
By appointment
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Teaching Interests & Areas

Adolescent Development; Latino/a Psychology; Cultural Psychology; Honors

Research Interests & Areas

I study media's role in the socialization of adolescents and emerging adults, with particular emphasis on Latino/a youth. I have studied the portrayals of Latinos in the media and how these images form our concepts of Latinos, women, men and other social groups in our society and how these portrayals impact members of these social groups. In addition, I am interested in how portrayals of gender and sex on television (both English and Spanish-language media) inform young people's cultural perceptions of sex and sexuality.

Ph D Psychology

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

MA Psychology

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

BA Psychology and Social Behavior

University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

2011-2012 TEACHER+PLUS Urban Teacher Preparation Course Development Grant


Book Review

Berk, L., Braswell, G., Meyers, A., Rivadeneyra, R., & Schmeeckle, M. Bringing the World’s Children Into Focus: Cultivating Well-Being on a Global Scale. PsyCritiques 60.28 (2015): 7.

Book, Chapter

Ward, L., Rivadeneyra, R., & Thomas, K. A woman’s worth: Analyzing the sexual objectification of women in music videos. E. Zurbriggen & T.A. Roberts (EDs), The sexualization of girls and girlhood: Cause, consequences, and resistance. Oxford University Press (2013): 39-62.

Journal Article

Shelvin, K. H., Rivadeneyra, R., & Zimmerman, C. (2014). Stereotype threat in African American children: The role of Black identity and stereotype awareness. International Review of Social Psychology, 27,175-204.

Hartman , K., Rivadeneyra, R., & Toro-Morn, M. “’Mi mama nada mas me dice que me cuide mucho’ (My mom just tells me to take care of myself a lot): A Study of Mexican Immigrant Mothers and Adolescent Daughters in the Heartland.”. Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies (Jollas)


Han, S., Braswell, G, DeSouza, E. R., & Rivadeneyra, G. (2016, October). Critical Reflection on Teaching and Addressing Diversity in the Classroom: Philosophy, Pedagogy, and More. 2016 Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference: Uniting to Challenge Systems of Oppression. Illinois State University, Normal, Il.
Rivadeneyra, R. (moderator), Manago, A., Ward, L.M., Daniels, E. (2015, October). Discussion session: Sexualization and media in emerging adulthood in the 21st century. Moderated the discussion panel at the 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Miami, FL.
Rivadeneyra, R., & Marosi, C., (2015, October). Conversations among emerging adults while watching sexual content on television. Paper presented at the 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Miami, FL.
Dime con Quien Andas y te Dire Quien Eres. Mexican Descent Adolescents’ use of their Peers in their Positive Development of Sexuality. Positive Development of Minority Children. Society for Research in Child Development. (2012)