7th ARC

Conference Schedule - 2014

Welcome back this Spring!

This year the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) held its annual 8th ARC on March 27, 2014. The theme this year was "Health and Health Policy in the Social Sciences.” The deadline for paper and poster submissions was February 7th. Undergraduate and graduate students were highly encouraged to participate! The content of student posters was related to the conference theme.


Full Schedule

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

8:00 am - 1:00 pm | (Location, 1st floor CSBS)
Student Poster Display

11:00 am - 1:00 pm | (Location, 1st floor CSBS)
Student Poster Presentations and Judging

Thursday, March 27, 2014

8:30 am - 9:10 am | (Location, Ballroom Lobby)


8:30 am - 9:10 am | (Location, Cenizo Room)
Meet and Greet

9:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. | (Location, Bronc Room)
Cultural Variations in Health Practices


    Chair: Sonia Alianak
  • Sonia Alianak & Alberto Espinoza - Health Care and the Arab Spring
  • Jenarae Alaniz & Ramiro Garza - Health in 20th Century Edinburg: How the CHAPS Program is Helping Us Understand it Through the Eyes of Edinburg Farming Families
  • Servando Z. Hinojosa - Humoral Medicine in Western Anatolian Folk Healing


9:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. | (Location, Ballroom)
Health at Every Size: An Overdue Paradigm Shift


    Chair: Jean Braithwaite
  • Jean Braithwaite - English Department, UTPA
  • Cathy López - Managing Editor, Devilfish Review, UTPA Alumna
  • Angela Meadows - Department of Psychology, University of Birmingham,UK

10:35 a.m. -11:50 a.m. | (Location, Bronc Room)
The Future of Public Administrators in Health Care in the Rio Grande Valley


    Chair and Discussant: Aziza Zemrani & John Milford
  • Veronica Huron - MPA Accreditation and NASPAA Standards
  • Mohammed Zeeshan Noon & Lisette Guajardo - Student Learning Outcomes: An Assessment
  • Sofia Cantú - Cultural Competency: Standing Alone Standard an Empirical Study


10:35 a.m. -11:50 a.m. | (Location, Ballroom)
Rio Grande Valley Contamination and Community Health


    Chair: Lynn Vincentnathan
  • Sarah Chávez, et al. - McAllen’s 33 Acre Plume of Underground Contamination and Its Health Consequences
  • Margaret Graham, Ann Millard, Isidore Flores, Adelita Cantú, & Lynn Vincentnathan - Donna Lake and Canal PCB Contamination in Fish and Community Health
  • Raul López, Xavier Avalos, Alyssa Aparicio & Janessa Rodríguez - Mission Contamination, Agent Orange, and Health Impacts

11:55 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. | (Location, Cenizo Room)
Cognitive Factors in Diverse Populations


    Chair/discussant: Jerwen Jou
  • Yolanda Rodríguez & Michiyo Hirai - Anxiety Symptomatology in Foreign-Born Latinos Based on Acculturation
  • Deborah M. Lawton & Philip Gasquoine - Age of Onset of Dementia in Bilingual Versus Monolingual Hispanic-Americans: Evidence from the Sacramento Area Latino Study On Aging
  • Jerwen Jou & Sarah C. Silva - Is the DRM False Memory a Memory- or a Decision-Based Phenomenon?


11:55 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. | (Location, Cenizo Room)
Older Offenders in Prison and Increasing Health Care Costs: The Case of Texas


    Chair: Philip Ethridge
  • Philip Ethridge - Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, UTPA
  • Manuel A. Gómez-Clarke - Graduate Student, Criminal Justice, UTPA
  • Thomas White - Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, UTPA


11:55 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. | (Location, Ballroom)
Mental Health, Multicultural Interventions, and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training in the Rio Grande Valley


    Chair: Alfonso Mercado
  • Alfonso Mercado - Assistant Professor, Psychology, UTPA
  • Cynthia Cavazos-González - Licensed Psychologist
  • Joseph McCoy - Licensed Psychologist

1:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. | (Location, Cenizo Room)
Gender Ideologies and Feminism in Latin@ Cultures


    Chair/discussant: Rubén Garza - Community Organizer for the Texas Organizing Project
  • William Sokoloff - Politics of Chicana Feminism
  • Rosanne Rosales - Bringing Feminism to the Rio Grande Valley
  • Greslim Vela - Challenging Machismo Culture: Feminist Strategies


1:10 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. | (Location, Bronc Room)
Interacciones Entre los Padres y el Hijo en Niños Latinos (En Español)

    Student Roundtable

    Chair/discussant: Amy Weimer
  • Daniela Kuri & Sarah Stegall - Graduate Students, Psychology, UTPA
  • Cynthia Delgado, Adrianna Sarmiento,
    Beatriz Garza, Marisol Gómez,
    Polet Garza, Rosa Olivares,
    Stephanie Segura, & Luis Correa
    - Undergraduate Students, Psychology, UTPA

2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. | (Location, Cenizo Room)
Politics and Policies


    Chair/discussant: Paul Jorgensen
  • Angel Saavedra-Cisneros & William Sokoloff - Political Marches and Immigrant Rallies Through the Eyes of Theorists
  • Andrew Garza - Public Policy and the Building of Community Knowledge of Health and Wellness
  • James Aldridge, Wendy James-Aldridge & Mark Winkel - Effects of Administrative Policies on UTPA Research Productivity


2:35 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. | (Location, Bronc Room)
The Role of Positive and Negative Social Interactions on Well-being


    Chair/discussant: Steven Foy
  • Karen Monsivais & Carmen Torres Díaz - Self-esteem as a Mediator Between Attachment Style and Health Behaviors in Hispanics
  • Leslie García & Michiyo Hirai - Gender Comparison of Social Support & Resiliency: Sexual Assault as a Moderator
  • Mary Álvarez - The Influence of Support Level on Self-esteem: Are First-Year College Students Different from Others?
  • Nina Marie Medrano - The Best Bullies: A Critical Analysis of Young Adult (YA) Anti-Bullying Novels

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | (Location, Ballroom)
Keynote Event (by R.S.V.P. only)

  • Dr. Aída Hurtado
    Professor & Luis Leal Endowed Chair
    Chican@ Studies
    University of California Santa Barbara
    - Los Qué Curan: Después de 39 Años (Those that Heal: After 39 Years)