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April Masarik

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Dr. April S. Masarik

Assistant Professor
Education Building 622
aprilmasarik@boisestate.edu

BS in Psychology, Boise State University
MS in Child Development, University of California, Davis (2011)
PhD in Human Development, University of California, Davis (2014)

Background

Dr. Masarik joined Boise State University in 2015 and is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychological Science. Dr. Masarik received her Ph.D. in Human Development and a M.S. in Child Development from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Psychology from Boise State University. Her research interests include life course development, family relationships, stress, coping, and resilience.

Dr. Masarik leads the Human Development and Ecology Lab – a research group dedicated to understanding various social, cultural, and biological influences on development. Along with her undergraduate research assistants and other faculty on campus, she is currently investigating stressors and protective factors that influence the educational achievements of refugee youth as they resettle in Boise. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute recently funded this research.

Dr. Masarik is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Society for Research in Child Development to name a few. She also serves in the community as a Board Member for Tidwell Social Work and Consulting Services, a non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed and culturally sensitive mental health care.

Selected Publications

Conger, R. D., Martin, M. J., & Masarik, A. S. (in press). Dynamic associations among socioeconomic status (SES), parenting investments, and conscientiousness across time and generations. Developmental Psychology.

Stocker, C. M., Masarik, A. S., Widaman, K. F., Reeb, B. T., Boardman, J. D., Smolen, A., Neppl, T. K., & Conger, K. J. (2017). Parenting and adolescents’ psychological adjustment: Longitudinal moderation by adolescents’ genetic sensitivity. Development and Psychopathology, 29(4), 1289-1304. doi: 10.1017/S0954579416001310

Masarik, A. S. & Conger, R. D. (2017). Stress and child development: A review of the Family Stress Model. Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 85-90. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.05.008

Masarik, A. S., Martin, M. J., Ferrer, E., Lorenz, F. O., Conger, K. J., & Conger, R. D. (2016) Couple behavior and resilience to economic pressure over time and across generations. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78(2), 326-345. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12284

Martin, M. J., Conger, R. D., Sitnick, S. L., Forbes, E. E., Masarik, A. S. , & Shaw, D. S. (2015). Reducing risk for substance use by economically disadvantaged young men: Positive family environments and pathways to educational attainment. Child Development, 86(6) 1719-1737. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12413

Conger, R. D., Martin, M. J., Masarik, A. S. , Widaman, K. F., & Donnellan, M. B. (2015). Social and economic antecedents and consequences of adolescent aggressive personality: Predictions from the Interactionist Model. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1111-1127. doi:10.1017/S0954579415000711

Martin, M. J., Blozis, S. A., Boeninger, D. K., Masarik, A. S. , & Conger, R. D. (2014). The timing of entry into adult roles and changes in trajectories of problem behavior during the transition to adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 50(11), 2473-2484. doi: 10.1037/a0037950

Masarik, A. S. , Conger, R. D., Donnellan, M. B., Stallings, M. C., Martin, M. J., Schofield, T. J., Neppl, T. K., Scaramella, L. V., Smolen, A., & Widaman, K. F. (2014). For better and for worse: Genes and parenting interact to predict future behavior in romantic relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(3), 357-367. doi: 10.1037/a0036818

Masarik, A. S. , Conger, R. D., Martin, M. J., Donnellan, M. B., Masyn, K. E., & Lorenz, F. O. (2013). Romantic relationships in early adulthood: Influences of family, personality, and relationship cognitions. Personal Relationships, 20, 356-373. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01416.x

Selected Presentations

Masarik, A. S. & Conger, R. D. (March 3, 2018). Intergenerational transmission of romantic relationship hostility: Negative emotionality and self-worth as mediators. Paper presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA.

Masarik, A. S., Rogers, C. R., & Conger, K. J. (April 6, 2017). Sister sister! Brother brother! Sibling warmth moderates the intergenerational transmission of romantic relationship hostility. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Masarik, A. S. (November 12, 2015). Mechanisms of intergenerational continuity in hostile romantic relationships. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC.

Masarik, A. S. , Conger, R. D., Donnellan, M. B., Stallings, M. C., Martin, M. J., Schofield, T. J., Neppl, T. K., Scaramella, L. V., Smolen, A., & Widaman, K. F. (October 10, 2014). For better and for worse: Genes and parenting interact to predict future behavior in romantic relationships. Paper presented at the Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences Conference at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science in Boulder, CO.

Masarik, A. S. , Martin, M. J., Conger, R. D., & Ferrer, E. (May 30, 2013). Economic pressure and romantic relationship functioning within and across generations: Effective problem solving skills as a source of resilience. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Masarik, A. S. , Martin, M. J., Conger, R. D., & Ferrer, E. (April 18, 2013). Intergenerational transmission of couple resilience to economic pressure. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Masarik, A. S. , Martin, M. J., & Ferrer, E. (November 1, 2012). Economic pressure and romantic relationship functioning: The moderating role of problem solving. Poster presented in a poster symposium at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Masarik, A. S. , Conger, R. D., Martin, M. J., Donnellan, M. B., Masyn, K. E., & Lorenz, F. O. (March 10, 2012). Romantic relationships in early adulthood: Influences of family, personality, and relationship cognitions from adolescence. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Adolescence Biennial Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

Interviews in the Media

“Refugees Recovering from Stabbing After Attack in Idaho”
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/18/639822868/refugees-recovering-from-stabbing-attack-in-idaho
August 18, 2018

“Trauma Piles on for Refugees in the Wake of Boise Stabbings, Family Separation”
http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/trauma-piles-refugees-wake-boise-stabbings-family-separation#stream/0
July 27, 2018

“Online Dating Platforms Host Humans, Ghosts, and Catfish”
https://arbiteronline.com/2016/02/09/online-dating-platforms-host-humans-ghosts-catfish/
February 9, 2016

“UC Davis Experts on Romance and Relationships for Valentine’s Day”
http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11149
February 2, 2015

“Messages on Marriage Absorbed by Children at Home”
http://foryourmarriage.org/messages-on-marriage-absorbed-by-children-at-home/
April 26, 2013

“Positive Family Relationships Linked to Healthy Marriages”
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-02-positive-family-relationships-linked-healthy.html
February 11, 2013

“Positive Family Relationships Linked to Healthy Marriages”
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10487
February 8, 2013

Classes Teaching

  • Child Development
  • Children and Families: Multicultural Perspectives
  • Research Methods