Center for Research and Excellence on Adversity and Resilience (CREAR) and the Santa Barbara Resiliency Project (PIs: Kia-Keating, Barnett, Ruth). Supporting child and family resilience, adverse childhood experiences (ACES), and physical and mental health.  In partnership with Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and CALM. Funded by the J. S. Bower FoundationCottage Health, Towbes Foundation, Priory Fund, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Center for Youth Wellness National Pediatric Practice Community (NPPC) on Adverse Childhood Experiences, First 5 Santa Barbara County, Outhwaite Foundation, Mosher Foundation, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Academic Senate, grants R13HD075495 and R03HD089465 from the NICHD (PI: Kia-Keating) and K01MH110608 from the NIMH (PI: Barnett), and the Implementation Research Institute, funded by NIMH (R25 MH080916).

The Collaborative Approach to Examining Adversity and Building Resilience (CARE) Program (Lead PI: Thakur, co-PIs: James, Bush, Long, Hessler, Kia-Keating). Enhancing resilience in children and families who have experienced adversity. Funded by the CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in partnership with the Office of the CA Surgeon General.

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue among Frontline Workers (PI: Kia-Keating). Participatory action research to enhance mental health and wellness, and reduce burnout for frontline workers delivering health and social services. In partnership with the Santa Barbara Response Network. Funded by the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Proyecto HEROES (NICHD-funded) (PIs: Kia-Keating & Adams). The HEROES program provides training in mindfulness, restorative communication, and strengthening family relationships. Youth tell their own stories through photography.  In partnership with CALM.  

Climate Trauma Mental Health and Emergency Management Preparedness. A collaboration with the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network focused on building community and individual resilience for the traumas and toxic stresses of climate change. The Climate Change Mental Wellness and Resilience Policy: A New Vision and Approach to Build Population-Level Mental Wellness and Resilience for Climate Generated Continuous, Intense, and Cascading Traumas and Toxic Stresses was released June 1, 2020.

Families Dealing with Disasters (NICHD-funded; PI: Felix): A study of families exposed to wildfire, to understand post-disaster social cognitive, coping, and communication among parents and youth and the impact on youth psychosocial adjustment.  In partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Trauma, Health & Hazards Center, and the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.  

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Individual & Family Resilience among Healthcare Professionals Working in Contexts of Uncertainty (PI: Kia-Keating): Understanding burnout, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and resilience among first responders and frontline workers responding to disaster, violence, conflict, and pandemic.

College Risk and Resilience Study (PI: Kia-Keating): Offering universal prevention to reduce high risk substance use, sexual assault, and improve mental health, community safety, and personal well-being. Gaucho FYI.  

Health Care Providers and Their Families at the Frontline of COVID-19 (PI: Alavi) Examining factors that contribute to resilience among health care providers offering disaster and pandemic response. Funded by the Multidisciplinary Research on Coronavirus and its Impact (MRCI) grant. 

Aid Worker Resilience Project (PI: Nerenberg).  Examining primary and secondary trauma, culture shock, loneliness, burnout, and mental health challenges, as well as resilience among aid workers. Funded by the Multidisciplinary Research on Coronavirus and its Impact (MRCI) grant. Link:

Adversity and Yoga Project (PI: Taghavi). Examining the role of yoga in the lives of individuals who have experienced adversity. Funded by Ray E. Hosford Fellowship Fund.

Media Exposure of Police Violence: Assessing Psychological Risk and Resilience in Black Americans (PI: Sims). Examining the factors that influence mental health among Black Americans exposed via media to police violence towards Blacks.

Rapid telepsychology transition for Latinx parents in an on-going randomized controlled trial (PI: Evans). Examining factors influencing Latinx parent acceptance and engagement with a family prevention program rapidly transitioned to telehealth. due to pandemic.


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Kia-Keating, M., & Juang, L. (2022). Participatory science as a decolonizing methodology: Leveraging collective knowledge from partnerships with refugee and immigrant communities. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000514

Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Kia-Keating, M., & Jackson, T. (2021). Navigating participation and ethics with immigrant communities. Qualitative Psychology. doi: 10.1037/qup0000216

Awad, G., Ikizler, A., Abdel-Salem, L., Kia-Keating, M., Amini, B., & El-Ghoroury, N. (2021). Foundations for an Arab/MENA psychology. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-23. doi: 10.1177/00221678211060974

Santacrose, D., Kia-Keating, M., & Lucio, D. (2021). A systematic review of socioecological factors, community violence exposure and disparities for Latinx youth. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 1-18. doi: 10.1002/jts.22733

Barnett, M., Sheldrick, R. C., Liu, S., Kia-Keating, M., & Negriff, S. (2021) Implications of ACEs screening on behavioral health services: A scoping review and systems modeling analysis. American Psychologist, 76, 364-378. doi: 10.1037/amp0000756

Sims, G. M., Kia-Keating, M., Liu, S. R., & Taghavi, I. (2020). Political climate and sense of belonging in higher education: Latina undergraduates and mental healthPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 26(4), 356–364.

Barnett, M., Kia-Keating, M., Ruth, A., & Garcia, M. (2020). Promoting equity and resilience: Wellness navigators’ role in addressing adverse childhood experiences. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 8:2, 176-188. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000320

Liu, S. R., Kia-Keating, M., Nylund-Gibson, K., & Barnett, M. L. (2020). Co-occurring youth profiles of adverse childhood experiences and protective factors: Associations with health, resilience, and racial disparities. American Journal of Community Psychology, 65, 173-186. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12387

Felix, E. D., Nylund-Gibson, K., Kia-Keating, M., Liu, S. R., Binmoeller, C., & Terzieva, A. (2020). The influence of flood exposure and subsequent stressors on youth social-emotional healthAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90(2), 161–170.

Kia-Keating, M., Barnett, M. L., Liu, S. R., Sims, G. M., & Ruth, A. B. (2019). Trauma-responsive care in a pediatric setting: Feasibility and acceptability of screening for adverse childhood experiences. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12366

Barnett, M. L., Miranda, J., Kia-Keating, M., Saldana, L, Landsverk, J., & Lau, A. S. (2019). Developing and evaluating a lay health worker delivered implementation intervention to decrease engagement disparities in behavioural parent training: A mixed methods study protocolBMJ Open, 9:e028988. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-028988

Liu, S.R., Kia-Keating, M., & Nylund-Gibson, K. (2019).Patterns of family, school, and community promotive factors & health disparities among youth: Implications for prevention science. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-019-01021-5

Awad, G., Kia-Keating, M., & Amer, M. (2019). A model of cumulative racial/ethnic trauma among Americans of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) descentAmerican Psychologist, 74 (1), 76-87. doi: 10.1037/amp0000344

Kia-Keating, M., Liu, S., & Sims, G. (2018). Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Refugee youth in resettlement. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. doi: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0460

Kia-Keating, M., No, U., Moore, S., Furlong, M. J., Liu, S., & You, S. (2018). Structural validity of the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scales-21 adapted for U.S. undergraduates. Emerging Adulthood, 6, 434-440. doi: 10.1177/2167696817745407

Liu, S.R., Kia-Keating, M., & Nylund-Gibson, K. (2018). Patterns of Adversity and Pathways to Health Among White, Black, and Latinx Youth. Child Abuse and Neglect, 86, 89-99. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.09.007

Liu, S., Kia-Keating, M., Santacrose, D., & Modir, S. (2018). Linking profiles of neighborhood elements to health and related outcomes among children across the United States, Health and Place, 53, 203-209. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.013

Modir, S., & Kia-Keating, M. (2018). Exploring the Middle Eastern American college student experience: Discrimination, adjustment, and coping. Journal of College Student Development, 59, 563-578. doi: 10.1353/csd.2018.0053

Liu, S., & Kia-Keating, M. (2018). A novel examination of exposure patterns and posttraumatic stress after a university mass murder. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. doi: 10.1037/tra0000354

Kia-Keating, M., Nylund-Gibson, K., Kia-Keating, B., Schock, C., & Grimm, R. (2018). Longitudinal patterns of self-regulation among ethnic minority children facing poverty, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 398-411. doi: 10.1007/s10826-017-0883-5

Liu, S., & Kia-Keating, M. (2017). Improving coping self-efficacy among distressed students after exposure to university mass violence: A pilot online intervention, Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 0, 1-21. doi: 10.1080/87568225.2017.1388754

Kia-Keating, M., Santacrose, D., & Liu, S. (2017) Photography and social media use in community-based participatory research with youth: Ethical considerations. American Journal of Community Psychology, 0: 1-10. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12189

Kia-Keating, M. (2017). Male survivors of sexual assault. In K. S. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender (pp. 1498-1502). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Tieszen, L., & Kia-Keating, M. (2017, May). The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit. StressPoints: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 31: 3.

Liu, S., Kia-Keating, M., & Modir, S. (2017). Hope and adjustment to college in the context of collective trauma. Journal of American College Health, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1312412

Kia-Keating, M., Capous, D., Liu, S., & Adams, J. (2017). Using community-based participatory research and human-centered design to address violence-related health disparities among Latino/a youth. Family and Community Health, 40(2), 160-169. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000145

Brenner, M. B., & Kia-Keating, M. (2016). Psychosocial and academic adjustment among resettled refugee youthAnnual Review of Comparative and International Education, 221 – 249.

Weisman, H.L., Kia-Keating, M., Lippincott, A., Taylor, Z., & Zheng, J. (2016).  Mental health stigma prevention: Pilot testing a novel, language arts curriculum-based approach for youth. Journal of School Health. 86, 715-722.

Kia-Keating, M., Ahmed, S.R., & Modir, S. (2016). Refugees and Forced Migrants: Seeking Asylum and Acceptance. In Amer, M., & Abdo., G. (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American Psychology (pp 160-172). Routledge. New York.

Kia-Keating, M., Capous, D., Juang, L., & Bacio, G. (2016).  Family factors: Immigrant families and intergenerational considerations.  In S. G. Patel, D. Reicherter, & J. Wong (Eds.).  Psychotherapy for immigrant youth (pp. 49-70).  New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Felix, E., Afifi, T., Kia-Keating, M., Brown, L., Reyes, G., & Afifi, W. (2015).  Family functioning and posttraumatic growth among parents and children following wildfire disasters. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85, 191-200.

Sprague, C. M., Kia-Keating, M., Felix, E., Afifi, T., Reyes, G., Afifi, W. (2014).  Youth psychosocial adjustment following wildfire: The role of family resilience, emotional support, and concrete support. Child & Youth Care Forum, 44, 433-450. doi: 10.1007/s10566-014-9285-7

Kia-Keating, M. (2012). Ethical issues in research with refugee communities.  In U. A. Segal & D. Elliott (Eds.), Refugees Worldwide. Volume 4: Law, Policy, and Programs, (pp. 235-257). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Ahmed, S. R., Kia-Keating, M., & Tsai, K. H. (2011).  A structural model of racial discrimination, acculturative stress, and cultural resources among Arab American adolescents.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 181-192.

Kia-Keating, M., Dowdy, E., Morgan, M. L., & Noam, G. G. (2011).  Protecting and promoting: An integrative conceptual model for healthy development of adolescents.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 48:3, 220-228. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.08.006

Porterfield, K. (chair), Akinsulure-Smith, A., Benson, M., Betancourt, T., Ellis, H., Kia-Keating, M., & Miller, K. (2010).  Resilience and recovery after war: Refugee children and families in the United States.  Report of the APA Task Force on the Psychosocial Effects of War on Children and Families who are Refugees from Armed Conflict Residing in the United States.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Schulte, M. T., Monreal, T. K., Kia-Keating, M., & Brown, S. A. (2010).  Influencing adolescent perceptions of alcohol use to facilitate change through school-based intervention.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.19:5, 372-390.

Kia-Keating, M., Sorsoli, L., & Grossman, F. K. (2010).  Relational challenges and recovery processes in male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25:4, 666-683.

Kia-Keating, M. (2009, Fall). Immigrants and refugees in the U.S.: Overlaps and distinctions.  American Psychological Association, Children, Youth, and Families Office News, p. 2-4.  Available at

Kia-Keating, M., Brown, S. A., Schulte, M. T., & Monreal, T. K. (2009).  Adolescent satisfaction with brief motivational enhancement for alcohol abuseJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 36:3, 385-395.

Kia-Keating, M. (2009). Positive psychology and school/community-based youth participatory photography programs.  In R. Gilman, E. S. Huebner, & M. Furlong (eds.) Handbook of Positive Psychology in the Schools, (pp. 383-397).  New York: Taylor & Francis.

Sorsoli, L., Kia-Keating, M., & Grossman, F. K. (2008).  “I keep that hush-hush”: Male survivors of sexual abuse and the challenges of disclosure.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55:3, 333-345.

Ellis, B. H., Kia-Keating, M., Yusuf, S., Lincoln, A., & Nur, A. (2007). Ethical research in refugee communities and the use of community participatory methods.  Transcultural Psychiatry, 44: 3, 459-481.

Kia-Keating, M., & Ellis, B. H. (2007).  Belonging and connection to school in resettlement: Young refugees, school belonging, and psychosocial adjustment.  Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 12:1, 29-43.

Grossman, F. K., Sorsoli, L., & Kia-Keating, M. (2006).  A gale force wind: Meaning making by male survivors of childhood sexual abuseAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76: 4, 434-444.

Kia-Keating, M., Grossman, F. K., Sorsoli, L., Epstein, M. (2005).  Containing and resisting masculinity: Narratives of renegotiation among resilient male survivors of childhood sexual abusePsychology of Men and Masculinity, 6, 169-185.

Lustig, S. L., Kia-Keating, M., Knight, W. G., Geltman, P., Ellis, B. H., Kinzie, J. D., Keane, T., Saxe, G. N. (2004).  Review of child and adolescent refugee mental healthJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 24-31.

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