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Acevedo Ignacio D Acevedo
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Kentucky 2008
Primary Program: Ecological-Community
127B Psychology
(517) 432-4890

Research Statement



All young people--regardless of race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation or gender identity--should have access to services and supports that enable their efforts to lead successful, productive lives.


The Community-Academic Innovation and Diffusion (Community-AID) Laboratory, which I lead, partners with community organizations to develop and evaluate practices that promote the well-being and success of all youth and families. Within these partnerships, we study and promote the influence of children and families on these practices and their evaluation. 

Research Publications    
2014Christian, A., Niec, L. N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., & Kassab, V. (2014). Dissemination of an Evidence-Based Parenting Program: Clinician Perspectives on Training and Implementation. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 8-17. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.005
2014Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Cousineau, J. R., Quirk, K.M., Gerhart, J.I., Bell, K.M. & Adomako, M.S. (2014). Toward an Asset Orientation in the Study of US Latina/o Youth: Biculturalism, Ethnic Identity, and Positive Youth Development. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(2), 201-229. doi: 10.1177/0011000013477904
2014Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Quirk, K.M., Cousineau, J. R., Saxena, S.R., & Gerhart, J.I. (2014). Acting bicultural versus feeling bicultural: Cultural adaptation and school-related attitudes among U.S. Latina/o youth. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 13(1), 32 - 47. doi: 10.1177/1538192713514610
2014Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Niec, L.N., Barnett, M.L., Bell, K.M., Aguilar, G., *Vilca, J., Abbenante-Honold, E. S., Christian, A.S., & Peer, S.O. (2014). Exploring the role of Natural Helpers in efforts to address disparities for children with conduct problems. Children and Youth Service Review, 40, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.010
2014Niec, L.N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Abbenante-Honold, E.S., Christian, A.S., Barnett, M.L., Aguilar, G. & Peer, S.O. (2014). Working Together to Solve Disparities: Latina/o Parents’ Contributions to the Adaptation of a Preventive Intervention. Psychological Services, 11, 410-420. doi: 10.1037/a0036200
2014Kassab, V.A., Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Grzybowski, M.M., Stout, S., Richards, A.E., Barnett, M.L., Guerra-Morales, A., Bell, K.M., Crider, E.A., Beck, K.L., Brookins-Fisher, J., Alfaro, M., & Saxena, S.R. (2014). Views on Sex and Sex Education among Gang-Involved Latino Youth in the United States. Qualitative Health Research, 24(5), 654-664. doi: 10.1177/1049732314529188
2013Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., Bell, B., Gamache, P., & Christian, A.S. (2013). Service Accessibility for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth. Youth and Society, 45, 75-97
2013Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Niec, L.N., Barnett, M.L., & Bell, K.M. (2013). Incorporating Natural Helpers to Address Service Disparities for Young Children with Conduct Problems. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1463-1467. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.06.003.
2012Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., Kassab V.A., & Barnett, M.L. (2012). Las Asociaciones entre la Academia y la Comunidad como Fuente de Transformación Social Sustentable (Community-Academic Partnerships as a Source of Sustainable Social Change). In N.N. Asili (Ed.), Vida Sustentable (pp. 236-253). Puebla, México: Universidad de las Américas Press.