Research Interests and Goals:

Michaeline’s research leverages novel methodological techniques and mobile communication technologies to better understand the role of the parent-child relationship in the development of adolescent mental health and substance use. Michaeline’s research has examined the roles of parents, peers, neighborhoods, and cultural values in youth internalizing, externalizing, and substance use, with an emphasis on development and evaluation of family-focused prevention programming for Latino families.  Increasingly, social connections are occurring not just face to face, but through mobile phones and online.  Michaeline’s research at the CDS recognizes this shift in communication patterns; she is utilizing mobile phones and the wealth of information contained therein in to elucidate the role of technology in relationship maintenance, mental health, and substance use among young people and to assess and uncover social-communication processes that researchers often struggle to accurately assess via traditional self-report. Current projects include a study of college students’ text message archives which examines how parent-child text messaging can serve as a conduit for parental monitoring, support, and conflict, and an ecological momentary assessment study which examines the role of the mobile phone in maintenance of the parent-child relationship in early adolescence.




Jensen, M., Chassin, L., & Gonzales, N. A. (2017). Neighborhood Moderation of Sensation Seeking Effects on Adolescent Substance Use Initiation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0647-y

Gonzales, N. A., Liu, Y., Jensen, M., Tein, J. Y., White, R. M., & Deardorff, J. (2017). Externalizing and Internalizing Pathways to Mexican American Adolescents’ Risk Taking. Development and Psychopathology. doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000323

White, R., Knight, G., Jensen, M., & Gonzales, N. A. (2017). Ethnic Socialization in Neighborhood Contexts: Implications of Ethnic Attitude and Identity Development among Mexican-Origin Adolescents. Child Development.  doi: 10.1111/cdev.12772 

Jensen, M., & Dishion, T.J. (2015). Mechanisms and Processes of Peer Contagion. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology.  New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199828340-0165

Jensen, M., Wong, J., Gonzales, N. A., Dumka, L. E., Millsap, R., & Coxe, S. (2014). Long-term Effects of a Universal Family intervention: Mediation through Parent-Child Conflict. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43(3):415-27. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2014.891228

Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Skoyen, J.A., Jensen, M., & Mehl, M.R. (2012). We-Talk, Communal Coping, and Cessation Success in a Couple-Focused Intervention for Health Compromised Smokers. Family Process, 5(1), 107-121. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2012.01388.x