Faculty Profile for Dr. Norma Judith Perez-Brena

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Dr. Norma Judith Perez-Brena
Program Faculty — School of Family & Consumer Sciences
ENC 220
phone: (512) 245-1810

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Norma Perez-Brena is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas State University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Developmental Psychology form San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D in Family and human Development from Arizona State University. She is a 1.5 generation immigrant from Mexico. She is passionate about promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice across academia and the community.

Research Interests

Her primary interests lie in understanding the combination of social (e.g., income, education), cultural (e.g., values, norms, acculturation, language use), and personal (e.g., social competence, conflict management skills) characteristics that promote successful adolescent adjustment in Latinx and immigrant families. Her work is centered on two key areas: the negotiation of family relationships across development (e.g., parent-child, romantic partners), and the impacts of culture across the life-span. Dr. Perez-Brena has nearly 10 years of applied research experience, serving as Director of Evaluation for a large southwest non-profit organization, and as Director of the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families program which provides healthy relationship and life skills education to adolescent parents in Central Texas.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Updegraff, K., & Perez-Brena, N. J. (n.d.). Studying families as systems in adolescence and early adulthood. In APA handbook of adolescent and young adult development. American Psychological Association.
  • Delgado, M., Wheeler, L., Perez-Brena, N. J., & Rajni, N. (2021). The associations of maternal/paternal modeling, self-efficacy, and ethnic fit on math/science achievement among Latinx students. Journal of Adolescence, 92, 247–257. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34627124/
  • Feinberg, M., Hotez, E., Ledford, C. J. W., Lewin, A. B., Perez-Brena, N. J., Childress, S., & Berge, J. (n.d.). Family health development: A theoretical framework. Pediatrics.
  • Perez-Brena, N. J., Toews, M., Feinberg, M., & Anders, K. (2021). Adapting a coparenting–focused prevention program for Latino adolescent parents in a school context. Journal of Family Process, Advance online publication. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12651
  • Astle, S., Duncan, J., Toews, M., Perez-Brena, N. J., McAllister, P., Maddy, M., & Feinberg, M. (2021). “A little bit closer”: A mixed method analysis of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the lives of adolescent parents. Journal of Adolescent Research. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584211062116

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2021 Inclusive Excellence Showcase, TXST Office of Equity and Inclusion. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Inclusive Excellence Showcase, TXST Office of Equity and Inclusion. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2018 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly /Creative Activities – Assistant Professor/Lecturer, College of Applied Arts. August 24, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduating Student Recognition of Support Program, Retention Management & Planning, Texas State University. June 21, 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduating Student Recognition of Support Program, Retention Management & Planning, Texas State University. February 3, 2017

Selected Grants

  • Shen, Yishan (Principal), Goble, Priscilla Maria (Co-Principal), Perez-Brena, Norma Judith (Co-Principal), Weimer, Amy Ann (Co-Principal), Alfaro, Edna C (Co-Principal), Bishop, Nicholas Joseph (Co-Principal). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Human Development and Family Sciences (OUR HDFS) Fellowship, Texas State University, $5000. (Submitted: June 11, 2021, Funded: September 2021 - May 2022). Grant.
  • Johnson, Olivia Denise, Perez-Brena, Norma Judith, Hustvedt, Gwendolyn, Gray, Christine Robison, Thornton, Hannah. School of FCS Graduate Recruitment Committee, Texas State University, $5000. (Submitted: April 21, 2018, Funded: August 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018). Grant.
  • Perez-Brena, Norma Judith (Principal), Feinberg, Mark (Supporting). Strong Relationships/Strong Futures: Healthy Relationship and Adult Preparation Education, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Federal, $4569075. (Funded: October 1, 2020 - September 29, 2025). Grant.
  • Perez-Brena, Norma Judith (Principal). Strong Relationships/Strong Futures, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Federal, $421875. (Funded: October 1, 2020 - September 29, 2023). Grant.
  • Goble, Priscilla Maria (Principal), Perez-Brena, Norma Judith (Co-Principal), Shen, Yishan (Co-Principal), Weimer, Amy Ann (Co-Principal). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Human Development and Family Sciences (OUR HDFS) Fellowship, $5000. (Funded: September 2020 - May 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
2021-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
2021-Present
Member
Website Committee
2020-Present
Member
Personnel Committee
2020-Present
Member
FCS Curriculum Committee
August 2020-Present