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Family and Child Studies Faculty

David J. Atencio

David J. Atencio

Associate Professor and FCS Graduate Program Coordinator
Education: Ph.D., Stanford University
Email: atencio1@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Development of Self Regulation & Motivation
  • Executive Functioning and Mindfulness
  • Professional dispositions & responsiveness

Courses Taught (Selected:

  • FCS 305: Research and evaluation in family and child studies
  • FCS 502: Developmental issues in families: Infancy & early childhood
  • FCS 503: Seminar in human growth and development
  • FCS 546: Family Systems Theory

David J. Atencio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Individual Family & Community Education in the College of Education. As a New Mexico native, graduate of UNM’s Psychology Department, and Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, David considers himself fortunate to be a member of the College of Education faculty since 1998. David’s research focuses on the development of self-regulation, motivation, and mindfulness in young children. He has provided national and state leadership in improving professional development systems for early care, early education, and family support professionals. Together with his wife and daughter, he is a music minister in his church, a role he has held since he was in seventh grade.

Alexandra Nicole Davis

Alexandra Nicole Davis

Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri
Email: alexdavis@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Sociocultural values
  • Family and Life Stressors
  • Prosocial and moral development
  • Parent-youth relationships

Courses Taught:

  • FCS 105: Introduction to Family Studies
  • FCS 315: Adolescent Development in the Family

Alexandra Davis received her PhD from the University of Missouri in 2016 in Human Development and Family Science. She has been involved in research projects examining sociocultural and contextual factors related to positive functioning, including family relationships and prosocial/moral development, among ethnic minority and low-SES youth and adolescents.

She loves to travel and spend time with friends and family. She is also a sports fan and enjoys playing basketball in her free time.

Cathy Gutierrez-Gomez

Cathy Gutierrez-Gomez

Associate Professor and FCS Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Education: Ph.D., University of North Texas
Email: cggomez@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Multicultural Teacher Preparation
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Indigenous Early Childhood Education
  • Language and Literacy Development
Ida Herrera

Ida Herrera

Lecturer II
Education: M.A., University of New Mexico
Email: imherrera@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Clinical Supervision

Courses Taught (Selected):

  • FCS 115: Guiding Young Children
  • FCS 406: Teaching and Learning Math and Science
  • FCS 408: Teaching and Learning Social Studies, Fine Arts and Movement
Ziarat Hossain

Ziarat Hossain

Professor
Education: Ph.D., Syracuse University
Email: zhossain@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Fathers
  • Gender Roles
  • International Families
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Parent-Child Relationships

Courses Taught (Selected):

  • FCS 412: Fathering
  • FCS 484: The Sociocultural Context of Children and Families
  • FCS 517: Family Interaction Theories

Ziarat Hossain is a Professor of Family and Child Studies and Regents’ Lecturer at the University of New Mexico. He teaches developmental, theoretical, and cross-cultural courses in Family and Child Studies. His research systematically documents patterns of fathers’ involvement in the family across cultural communities. He is a former Society for Cross-Cultural Research president and Fulbright Scholar. He enjoys traveling and music.

Ryan J. Kelly

Ryan J. Kelly

Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., Auburn University
Email: ryankelly@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Sleep and Development
  • Family Risk
  • Sociocultural Context
  • Risk and Resilience Mechanisms

Courses Taught (Selected):

  • FCS 213: Marriage and Family Relationships
  • FCS 570: Research Methods

Ryan J. Kelly earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. His research has focused on the influence that family (e.g., marital and parent-child aggression, parental alcohol use, parental psychopathology) and romantic relationship risk (e.g., dating violence) has on youth health and development over time with a specific focus on sleep. A second line of work has focused on health disparities and understanding the extent to which the negative consequences of risk exposure varies by ethnicity and socioeconomic status. His research is multidisciplinary in nature and has drawn from disciplines including child development, family studies, pediatric sleep medicine, and health psychology.

Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica as well as exercising, attending Lobo sporting events, and searching for small family-owned restaurants in Albuquerque.

Pamela Remstein

Pamela Remstein

Research Assistant Professor
Education: M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Email: remstein@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

  • Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Reflective Teacher Practices
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Documentation and Assessment

Courses Taught (Selected):

  • ECME 103: Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • ECME 217 & 217L: Curriculum Development & Implementation (0-8 years)
  • ECME 220: Assessment of Children & Evaluation of Programs
  • FCS 230: Professionalism
  • FCS 311: Family, Language & Culture

Pam is a pedagogical leader, who studies the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach. Her involvement with this inspiring approach over the past 7 years has given her an opportunity to participate, present and facilitate at New Mexico conferences, workshops and study groups. In particular, Pam is interested in how the pedagogical purposes of documentation. Her dissertation work will focus on gaining an understanding of how teachers who practice the principles of Reggio Emilia and work within a government regulated early childhood program live within the divergent expectations of these two documentation processes.

Emeritus Faculty

Frank Kessel

Frank Kessel

Professor and Senior Fellow & Leadership Team Member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy
Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Email: fkessel@unm.edu, kesfam@pdq.net

Research Interests:

  • Inter/Trans-disciplinary Research
  • Human Development and Culture
  • History of Psychology and Social Science