Dr. Norma Perez-Brena is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Strengthening Families/Strengthening Relationships in the Department of Family and Child Development, housed within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Family and Human Development at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, received her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University.
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., gender, social competence) characteristics that influence the context where Latino and immigrant families develop socially and emotionally. Her work is centered on two key areas: the negotiation of parent-child relationships across development, and the impacts of culture across the life-span.
Dr. Perez-Brena has also worked in the applied research setting, serving as Director of Evaluation for a southwest non-profit organization. Her work focused on evaluating the effectiveness and long-term outcomes of program focused on preschool services, parent education for first-time parents, after-school drug prevention programs, and financial management courses for first-time home buyers.
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