Grounded in developmental, family systems, and cultural-ecological perspectives, Dr. Padilla's research focuses on families as a context of development and psychological adjustment, primarily in adolescence and young adulthood. With respect to the larger contexts of family systems dynamics, she is most interested in the role of sociocultural ecology. A major goal of her research is to advance understanding of the diversity of youth and family experiences within the Latinx population and larger family context factors as well as the cultural practices and values within families that impact family roles and relationships and youth well-being. To address questions about changes in multiple individuals, dyads, and larger family systems—within their changing contexts-- she is also interested in advance psychological research methods, particularly quantitative analytic approaches (e.g., multilevel models, actor-partner interdependence models, multitrait-multimethod confirmatory factor analysis) for capturing complex family dynamics. In working with longitudinal family data, she utilizes multilevel models to capture variation at the within-person, between-person, and between-family levels.
Padilla, J., Vazquez, E. J., Updegraff, K. A., McHale, S. M., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2020). Mexican-origin youth’s ethnic-racial identity development: The role of siblings. Developmental Psychology, 57(2), 302-308. doi: 10.1037/dev0001072.
Padilla, J., Jager, J., Updegraff, K. A., McHale, S. M., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2020). Mexican-origin family members’ unique and family perspectives of familism values and their links with parent-youth relationships. Developmental Psychology, 56(5), 993-1008. Doi: 10.1037/dev0000913.
Padilla, J., Sang, S., Updegraff, K. A., McHale, S. M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., & Rodriguez, S. A. (2019). Siblings’ appraisals of fairness and jealousy in response to parental differential treatment: Longitudinal links to Mexican-origin young adults’ adjustment. Emerging Adulthood. doi: 10.1177/2167696819851435.
Gallagher, A. M., Updegraff, K. A., Padilla, J., & McHale, S. M. (2018). Longitudinal associations between sibling relational aggression and adolescent adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(10), 2100-2113. doi: 10.1007/s10964-018-0871-0.
Padilla, J., McHale, S. M., Rodríguez De Jesús, S. A., Updegraff, K. A., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2017). Longitudinal course and correlates of parents’ differential treatment of siblings in Mexican-origin families. Family Process, 57(4), 979-995. doi: 10.1111/famp.12328.
Padilla, J., McHale, S. M., Rovine, M. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2016). Parent-youth differences in familism values from adolescence into young adulthood: Developmental course and links with parent-youth conflict. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 2417-2430. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0518-y.
Padilla, J., McHale, S. M., Updegraff, K. A., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2016). Mexican-origin parents’ differential treatment and siblings’ adjustment from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 30(8), 955-965. doi: 10.1037/fam0000229.
Zeiders, K. H., Updegraff, K. A., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., McHale S. M., & Padilla, J. (2016). Parental familism values, shared family time, and Mexican-origin young adults’ depressive symptoms. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 91-106. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12248.
Lee, B., Padilla, J., & McHale, S. M. (2015). Transmission of work ethic in African-American families and its links with adolescents’ adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(11), 2278-2291. doi:10.1007/s10964-015-0391-0.