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Juan Casas

Juan Casas

Current Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha (08/2007 - present)

Member, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), University of Nebraska at Omaha (09/2001 – present)

Member, Graduate College, University of Nebraska at Omaha (11/2002 – present)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha (09/2001 – 07/2007)

 

Education

Ph.D. (Child Psychology), Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 1996-2002

Doctoral student, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois 1993-1996

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Michigan, 1989-1993

 

Honors and Awards

Listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators (11th Edition), 2007

National Institute of Mental Health Training Grant Fellowship (#T32MH15755), 1999-2000

University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship, 1998-1999

Institute of Child Development Block Grant Fellowship, 1998-1999

University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship, 1993-1994

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) Fellowship, 1992

Certificate for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 1991-1992 

 

Publications

Morales, J.R., Cullerton-Sen, C., Crick, N.R., & Casas, J.F. (In press). Relational aggression and victimization in dyadic peer relationships: Once I ran to you, now I run from you. In M. Sandstrom & S. Fein (Eds.), Aggressive Girls. New Jersey: Erlbaum

Ryan, C.S., Hunt, J.S., Weible, J.A., Peterson, C.R., & Casas, J.F. (2007). Multicultural versus colorblind ideology, stereotypes, and ethnocentrism among Black and White Americans. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 617-637.

Casas, J.F., Weigel, S.M., Crick, N.R., Ostrov, J.M, Woods, K., & Jansen Yeh, E, Huddleston-Casas, C.A. (2006). Early parenting and children’s relational and physical aggression in the preschool and home contexts. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 209-227.

Kelly-Vance, L., Nero, C., Casas, J.F., Ryan, C.S., Ryalls, B.O., Kurien, S., & Ferguson, A. (2006). Parental involvement in education: A comparison of English and Spanish speaking parents. New Mexico Review, 14 (1), 15-25.

Casas, J.F., Ryan, C.S., Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B.O., Ferguson, A., & Nero, C. (2005). Examining the impact of parental involvement in a dual language program: Implications for children and schools. OLLAS Special Report No. 2. Omaha, NE: Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Nelson, D.A. (2004). Toward a more comprehensive understanding of peer maltreatment: Studies of relational victimization. Current Directions in the Psychological Sciences, 11, 98-101. As reproduced in Developmental Reader, a joint project of the American Psychological Society ( APS) and Prentice Hall. New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Casas, J.F. (2004). Aggression. In C.B. Fisher & R.M. Lerner (Eds.), Applied developmental science: An encyclopedia of research, policies, and programs. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Ostrov, J.M., Woods, K., Jansen, E., Casas, J.F., & Crick, N.R. (2004). An observational study of delivered and received aggression, gender, and social-psychological adjustment in preschool: “This white crayon doesn’t work…” Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19, 355-371.

Crick, N.R., Ostrov, J.M., Appleyard, K., Jansen, E.A., & Casas, J.F. (2004). Relational aggression in early childhood: “You can’t come to my birthday party unless…” In M. Putallaz & K. Bierman (Eds.), Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, and Violence Among Girls: A Developmental Perspective. Volume 1 of the Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy. New York: Guilford Press.

Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Nelson, D.A. (2002). Toward a more comprehensive understanding of peer maltreatment: Studies of relational victimization. Current Directions in the Psychological Sciences, 11, 98-101.

Crick, N.R., Nelson, D.A., Morales, J.R., Cullerton-Sen, C., Casas, J.F., & Hickman, S.E. (2001). Relational victimization in childhood and adolescence: I hurt you through the grapevine. In J. Juvonen and S. Graham (Eds.), Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and the Victimized. New York: Guilford Press.

Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Ku, H. (1999). Relational and physical forms of peer victimization in preschool. Developmental Psychology, 35, 376-385.

Crick, N.R., Werner, N.E., Casas, J.F., O’Brien, K.M., Nelson, D.A., Grotpeter, J.K., & Markon, K. (1999). Childhood aggression and gender: A new look at an old problem. In D. Bernstein (Ed.), Nebraska Symposium on Motivation; Vol. 45. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Mosher, M. (1997). Relational and overt aggression in preschool. Developmental Psychology, 33, 579-588.

Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Mosher, M. (1997). Relational and overt aggression in preschool. Developmental Psychology, 33, 579-588. As abstracted in Youth Update, 15, Winter, 1997. A publication of the Institute for the Study of Antisocial Behavior in Youth (I.A.Y.).

 

Manuscripts Under Review and in Preparation

Casas, J.F., & Crick, N.R. (2005) Response evaluation processes and aggression in preschool. Manuscript currently under review at Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Casas, J.F., & Crick, N.R. (2008). Response evaluation processes and aggression in preschool. Manuscript in preparation.

Weigel, S.M., & Casas, J.F. (Under Review). Teacher attitudes and relational aggression in preschool classrooms. Manuscript under revision for Early Education and Development.

Ryan, C. S., Casas, J. F., Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B. O., & Nero, C. (Under Review). Parent cultural orientation and children’s English and Spanish fluency among Latinos and non-Latinos in a dual language program. Manuscript under review at Journal of Educational Psychology.

Casas, J.F., & Ryan, C.S. (2008). How Latinos are Transforming the United States: Research, Theory, and Policy . Manuscript in preparation for a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues.

Ryan, C.S., & Casas, J.F. (2008). Intergroup perceptions, multiculturalism, and cultural orientation. Manuscript in preparation for a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues.

Esquivel, S. & Casas, J.F. (2008). Teacher and parent responses to emotions and socioemotional competence in early childhood. Manuscript in preparation.  

 

Planned Manuscripts

Jansen Yeh, E. A., Ostrov, J.M., Woods, K. E, Casas, J. F., & Crick, N. R. (2008). Preschool children’s perceptions of physical and relational aggression: What makes a kid sad?

Cullerton-Sen, C., & Casas, J.F. (2008). A longitudinal examination of friendship, gender, and adjustment: A new look at friendship qualities.

Parker, J.G., Saxon, J., Casas, J.F., & Houlihan, K.G. (2008). Assessing children’s best friendships: Conceptual issues and the development and evaluation of a new Q-sort instrument.

Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Werner, N.E. (2008). The social adjustment of children with eating problems.

Grants and Scholarships

University of Nebraska at Omaha, UCRCA Grant, 2008, $4,500

University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Arts and Sciences - Dean's grant, 2005, $2,000.

University of Nebraska Omaha, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies Research Grant (OLLAS), 2004, $2,500.

University of Nebraska Omaha, UCR Grant, 2003, $3,000.

John Anderson Memorial Grant, 2000-2001, $800

Coffman Scholarship, 1998-1999, $2,000

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF), 1998, $1,000

University of Illinois Summer Alumni Graduate Research Grant, 1995, $1,150

 

Invited Presentations

Casas, J.F. (2008). How technology is expanding opportunities for relational aggression: The case of online and cell phone aggression. Invited paper presented at the 3rd Research Conference on Relational Aggression. Philadelphia, PA (June 2008).

Casas, J.F., LaVoie, J., & Stober, J. (2008). On-line aggression in adolescence: What have we learned so far? Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Social Development Consortium. Omaha, NE (May 2008).

Casas, J.F. (2008). Relational aggression across development: What have we learned and what remains unanswered? Invited paper presented at Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas. (May 2008).

Casas, J.F. (2008). Relational Aggression in Preschool: "You can't come to my birthday party unless…" Invited paper presented at a seminar of the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health. Chicago, IL (March 2008).

Casas, J.F., & LaVoie, J. (2007). Towards a better understanding of cyberbullying: A conversation with peers. Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Social Development Consortium. Columbia, MO (May 2007).

Ryan, C. S., & Casas, J. F. (2007). Intergroup perceptions, multiculturalism, and cultural orientation among Latinos and non-Latinos in the U.S . Invited paper presented at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. (April 2007).

Casas, J.F. (2006). Considering the early parent-child relationship in the etiology of relational aggression: Implications for interventions. Invited paper presented at the 2nd Research Conference on Relational Aggression. Buffalo, NY (June 2006).

 

Conference Presentations

Stober, J.L., McKevitt, B., & Casas, J.F. (2007). Cyberbullying: A literature review. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Nebraska School Psychologist Association (NSPA). Lincoln, Nebraska (October, 2007).

Ryan, C.S. & Casas, J.F. (2006). Debunking the myth that Latinos don't value education: Lessons learned from elementary school children and their parents. In Latino migration, second generation, and educational achievement in new destinations: The Nebraska case. Part of a panel of papers presented at the annual meeting of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). Miami, FL (October 2006).

Esquivel. S. & Casas, J.F. (2006). Teacher influences on children's socioemotional development. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Social Development Consortium (MWSDC). Lincoln, Nebraska (June, 2006)

Ryan, C.S., Casas, J.F., Nero, C., Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B.O., Ferguson, A. (2006). Parental cultural orientation and children's English and Spanish fluency. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). Long Beach, CA (June, 2006).

Esquivel, S., Casas, J.F., & Bonner, M. (2006). Preschool Teachers' Behaviors and Children's Expression Regulation in the Classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Anaheim, CA (March, 2006).

Casas, J.F., Ryan, C.S., & Kelly-Vance, L. (2006). Parental definitions of school success, acculturation, and involvement: Implications for children’s language competency. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). Phoenix, AZ (January, 2006).

Ferguson, A., Ryan, C.S., & Casas, J.F. (2006). Encouraging parental involvement in a dual language program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). Phoenix, AZ (January, 2006).

Kurebayashi, K., Schweigel, K., Ryan, C.S., & Casas, J.F. (2005). The relationships among entity theory, society, ethnic groups, and cultural ideologies. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS). Lincoln, NE (November, 2005).

Casas, J.F., & Weigel, S.M. (2005). Links Between Early Parenting and Children's Relational Aggression in the Preschool and Home Environments. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Atlanta, GA (April, 2005).

Casas, J.F., Ryalls, B.O., Ryan, C.S., Kelly-Vance, L., & Nero, C.L. (2005). Parental Involvement, Perceptions of Success, and Acculturation In Dual Language Programs. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Atlanta, GA (April, 2005).

Kelly-Vance, L., Nero, C.L., Ryalls, B.O., Casas, J.F., Ryan, C.S., Kurien, S.A., & Gregory, J. (2005). Parental involvement and perceptions of success in dual language programs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Atlanta, GA (April, 2005).

Armenta, B.E., Hunt, J.S., Ryan, C.S. & Casas, J.F. (2005). Social identity effects on motivation to control prejudice and out-group bias. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA). Chicago, IL (May, 2005).

Weigel, S.M., & Casas, J.F. (2004). Teacher and parent ratings of preschoolers’ relational aggression: Intermethod agreement and links to adjustment difficulties. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Social Development Consortium (MWSDC). Omaha, Nebraska (July, 2004)

Casas, J.F. (2003). Early Parenting and Relational Aggression in Preschool. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society (APS). Atlanta, Georgia (May/June, 2003).

Nelson, D.A., Crick, N.R., Casas, J.F., & Geiger, T. (2001). Parents use of psychological control and its relation to children’s use of relational aggression. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Minneapolis, Minnesota (April, 2001).

Cullerton-Sen, C., & Casas, J.F. (2001). A longitudinal examination of friendship, gender, and adjustment: A different look at friendship qualities. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Minneapolis, Minnesota (April, 2001).

Crick, N.R., Nelson, D.A., & Casas, J.F. (1999). Victimization by peers and friends: Nobody told me there’d be days like these. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Albuquerque, New Mexico (April, 1999).

Verbeek, P., Casas, J.F., Steffensmeier, B., & Susman-Stillman, A. (1999). An assessment of U.S. children’s perceptions of their human rights. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Albuquerque, New Mexico (April, 1999).

Sesma, A., Tout, K.A., & Casas, J.F. (1998). The significance of perceived peer ratings and self-ratings to adjustment in middle childhood and adolescence. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence ( SRA). San Diego, California (February, 1998).

Casas, J.F. (1997). Social information-processing and relational aggression in preschool. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Washington D.C. (April, 1997).

Parker, J.G., Houlihan, K.G., Casas, J.F., & Bloomfield, J. (1997). Assessing children’s best friendships: Conceptual issues and the development and evaluation of a new Q-sort instrument. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD). Washington, D.C. (April, 1997).

Casas, J.F., & Mosher, M. (1995). Relational and overt aggression in preschool: “You can’t come to my birthday party unless…”. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD). Indianapolis, Indiana (April, 1995).

Crick, N.R., Grotpeter, J.K., Bigbee, M., & Casas, J.F. (1994). Gender differences in the expression of aggressive behavior: Boys will be boys, but what about girls? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT). San Diego, California (November, 1994).

 

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Introduction to Adolescent Psychology (Psy. 3540), Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Spring 2008, Summer 2008, Fall 2008.

Instructor, Laboratory in Developmental Psychology (Psy. 4920), Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Spring 2006.

Instructor, Seminar on Psychosocial Development (Psy. 9550), Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Spring 2005 Spring 2007.

Instructor, Proseminar in Developmental Psychology (Psy. 9560), Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008.

Instructor, Introduction to Child Psychology (Psy. 3520), Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Fall 2001; Spring 2002; Fall 2002; Spring 2003; Fall 2003; Spring 2004; Fall 2004, Summer 2005, Fall 2005, Summer 2006, Fall 2006, Summer 2007, Fall 2007.

Instructor, Introduction to Psychology II (Psy. 1020). Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Spring 2003; Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008.

Co-Instructor, Development and Interpersonal Relationships (CPsy. 4336), Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Spring 2001.

Co-Instructor, Honors Colloquium, Latino Families and Children in the United States (HCol. 1010), College of Liberal Arts-Honors Division, University of Minnesota, Winter 1999.

Co-Instructor, Processes of Social Development (CPsy. 5331), Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Fall 1998.

Instructor, Introduction to Child Psychology (CPsy. 1301), Institute of Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Spring 1998.

Co-Instructor, Honors Colloquium, The Company They Keep: The Role of Children’s Peer Relations in the Development of Morality and Delinquency (HCol. 1050), College of Liberal Arts-Honors Division, University of Minnesota, Winter 1998.

Co-Instructor, Directed Research in Child Psychology (CPsy. 5990), Institute of Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, Fall 1996-Spring 2001.

Co-Instructor, Research Practicum in Social Development (HDFS 199), Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois, Fall 1995-Summer 1996.

 

Editorial Work

Early Childhood Research Quarterly (Consulting Editor)

Journal of Latino - Latin American Studies (Editorial Board)

Journal of Social Issues (Guest Co-Editor for Special Issue on Latinos and Latino Immigrants in the United States)

General Journal Reviews

Child Development (ad-hoc)

Development and Psychopathology (ad-hoc)

Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ad-hoc)

Early Education and Development (ad-hoc)

Great Plains Research (ad-hoc)

International Journal of Behavioral Development (ad-hoc)

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (ad-hoc)

Journal of Aggressive Behavior (ad-hoc)

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (ad-hoc)

Journal of Latino - Latin American Studies (ad-hoc)

Merril-Palmer Quarterly (ad-hoc)

Social Development (ad-hoc)

Sex Roles (ad-hoc)

 

Grant Reviews

NIMH "Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition" (B/START) 2006-A

NIMH "Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition" (B/START) 2006-B

IMH "Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition" (B/START) 2004 & 2005

 

Additional Service to the Field

Member of the Society for Research on Adolescence ( SRA) Study Groups Committee (2006-2010).

Reviewer for NIMH Loan Repayment Program Applications (2008).

Reviewer of conference submissions ( Panel 15: "Culture, Immigration, Acculturation")

for the 2009 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference.

Reviewer of conference submissions for the 2006 Society for Research in Adolescence ( SRA) conference.

Member of the steering committee for the Midwest Social Development Consortium (MWSDC) and Co-chair of the 2004 and 2008 annual meeting. (2003-present)

Member of the steering committee and the review panel of submissions for the The Second Cumbre of the Great Plains: Re-Visioning Latino America: New Perspectives on Migration, Transnationalism and Integration (2005).

Member of the steering committee for the The Third Cumbre of the Great Plains: Understanding Immigration and the Changing Communities of the Americas: Lessons from New Destinations Around the Globe (2007).

 

Departmental and University Service

Member of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) Program. University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2001-present.

Chair of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) Curriculum Committee. University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2007-2008.

Member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Graduate Council (2008-2011).

Member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (2008-2011).

Member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Technology Resources and Services Committee (2007-2010).

Member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Committee, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2007-2010).

Member of the Chancellor's Commission on Multicultural Affairs, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2002-2003.

Co-interim director of Developmental Psychology program. Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. January 2003 - March 2003.

Member of the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee. Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2005-2006, 2006-2007.

Member of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Instruction Committee. Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2007-2008

Member of the Developmental Psychology Program Committee. Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2001-present.

Member of the ad-hoc Psychology Department Merit Committee, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2004

Co-advisor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha chapter of Psi Chi, 2002 – 2007.

Chair of Chicano/Latino Studies ( CLS) Committee developing guidelines for CLS student internships. University of Nebraska at Omaha. Fall 2003-Spring 2004.

Member of Psychology Department subcommittee addressing issues related to the recruitment and retention of students of color. Psychology Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 2002-2004.

Chair of the Education Session at The Second Cumbre of the Great Plains: Re-Visioning Latin America: New Perspectives on Migration, Transnationalism and Integration. Omaha, NE (April 2005).

Panel member for a University sponsored program on Getting Through the Tenure Years. February 1, 2008.

Co-moderator of charla (brownbag) organized for Latino faculty, students, and staff (and the larger university community). The event was titled “ American-Latinos and Latino-Americans: Ties that bind us, barriers that separate us.” March 2002.

Member of a search committee in the Foreign Language Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.

ember of the University of Minnesota’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). 1998-1999.

 

Membership in Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association ( APA)

Division 7 of APA: Developmental Psychology

Division 2 of APA: Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Association for Psychological Science ( APS)

Midwest Social Development Consortium (MWSDC) (Member of steering committee)

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children ( Nebraska AEYC)

Omaha Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC)

Lincoln Association for the Education of Young Children (LAEYC)

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Society for Research on Adolescence ( SRA)

 

Community Service

Member of the executive committee for Colombianos Unidos en Nebraska (Colombians United in Nebraska) 2006-2007.

* Chair of the Education Committee for COLNEB (2006 - present)

Guest Lecturer, Colombianos Unidos en Nebraska (Colombians United in Nebraska). Developed a lecture and article for parents on issues to consider when selecting a preschool.

Consultant for R.E.S.P.E.C.T 2 an educational theatre program focusing on violence prevention in the schools.

Consultant for an Omaha area preschool about developmental issues during early childhood.

Co-moderator, South Omaha Community Care Council Annual Retreat. Helped moderate a discussion of issues pertinent to the south Omaha community. In addition, specific goals for the council to strive for were prioritized.

Emergency Counselor, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Helped counsel students at the university in the aftermath of the events on 9/11/2001.

4-H Youth Development Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Organized and helped lead sessions designed to give participants a better understanding of children’s social development.

Guest Lecturer, Hopkins High School. Hopkins, Minnesota. Developed and gave lectures about children’s peer relations, childhood aggression, ethics, and a career in psychology in child psychology courses at a local high school.