FACS logo

Ava J. Reck

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelor of Science Psychology; Human Services Appalachian State University 2018
Master of Science Human Development and Family Science The University of Georgia 2021

Research

My research is centered around family stress and adversity during the adolescent period and into emerging adulthood. More specifically, I study psychosocial adjustment, and the ways in which maltreatment, family stress, and parenting impacts internalizing symptoms in youth.

Teaching

Co-Teaching
HDFS 3700, Adolescent Development, Fall, 2021.
Guest Lectures
HDFS 3700, Family Stress and Adolescence, September, 2020.
HDFS 3700, Social Identity, October, 2020.
HDFS 3700, Adolescent Mental Health, November, 2020.
HDFS 4330, Social Identity and Social Justice, January, 2021.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Georgia Research Education Award and Traineeship The University of Georgia Fall 2019-Present
FACS Funds for Excellence Scholarship FACS, The University of Georgia Summer 2020, 2021

Outreach

2020- 2021: Graduate Student Organization Human Development and Family Science Interview Coordinator

2020-2021: Student Liaison for the Human Development and Family Science Graduate Committee at the University of Georgia

Advisory Committee

Doctoral Committee:

Dr. Steven Kogan, Co-Major Professor

Dr. Assaf Oshri, Co-Major Professor

Dr. Kelsea Koss, Committee Member

Conference Presentations

Reck, A., Huffman, L., Kogan, S., Oshri, A. (Under Review). (2022, May 2-4). Neurobiological effect of racism on neural processing of emotions among Black American Adolescents, [Flash Talk]. Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting 2022, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.


Reck, A., Kogan, S., Oshri, A., Seaton, E. (Under Review). (2022, March 3-5). Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms in Rural Black Youth: A 5-year longitudinal examination of covariates and outcomes, [Paper Presentation]. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Reck, A., & Kogan, S.M. (2021, April 7-9). Internalizing problems among African American Adolescents and emerging adults: Family stress and rural African American adolescents’ depressive symptoms, [Paper Symposium Session]. Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Kogan, S.M., & Reck, A. (2021, April 7-9). Internalizing problems among African American Adolescents and emerging adults: Racial discrimination and suicidal ideation among rural Black emerging adult men, [Paper Symposium Session]. Society for Research in Child Development 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Kogan, S. M., Reck, A., Zuercher, H., Curtis, M., and Hanley, D. (2020, November 10). Prosocial ties moderate the influence of becoming a father on substance abuse among rural African American emerging adult men. [Individual Paper Conference Session]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference

Zuercher, H., Reck A., Kogan, S.M. (2020, October 24-28). Blood pressure and employment in young, African American men in rural Georgia. [Individual Paper Conference Session]. 2020 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Reck, A., & Kogan, S.M. (2020, May 26-29). When “risky” family factors promote attendance in family centered prevention: Participation rates and engagement procedures in a trial of the Strong African American Families Program. [Individual Paper Conference Session]. 2020 Society for Prevention Research, www.preventionresearch.org/2020-annual-meeting.

Reck, A., & Broman-Fulks, J. (2018, Nov 15-18). “The Effects of Relevant Treatment Information on Preferences for Depression-Related Interventions”. [Poster Presentation], National Association of Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention https://www.abct.org/conv2018/

Reck, A., & Broman-Fulks, J. (2018, Nov 15-18). “Client Preferences for Depression-Related Interventions”. [Poster Presentation], National Association of Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention https://www.abct.org/conv2018/

Certifications

           Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Certification, Fall 2019-Present
           MRI Safety & Scanning Human Subjects Training, UGA Bio-Imaging Research Center, Fall 2021-Present

Job Description

I am currently working as a research assistant for the African American Men's Project at the Center for Family Research. In this role, I aid in the collection and documentation of data. I manage and clean data sets, create and manage codebooks and conduct analyses. I also work at the Youth Development Institute directed by Dr. Assaf Oshri, conducting empirical research related to risk and resilience among youth.

Publications

Reck, A. J., & Kogan, S. M. (2021). Family stress and rural African-American adolescents' depressive symptoms. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Reck, A. J., Tracy, Q., Kogan, S. M. (2021). Predicting dosage in a family-centered preventive intervention for African American youth. Journal of Primary Prevention.

Working Papers

Reck, A., Kogan, S., Oshri, A., Seaton, E. (In Preparation). Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms in Rural Black Youth: A 5-year longitudinal examination of covariates and outcomes.
Kogan, S., Reck, A., Oshri, A. Curtis, M. (Under Review). Childhood Adversity, Racial Discrimination, and Suicidal Ideation among Emerging Adult Black Men: A Prospective Analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
Kogan, s., Reck, A., Curtis, M., Kwon, E., Compton, C., Zuercher, H. (Under Review). The health costs of overcoming adversity: Risk for Metabolic Syndrome among rural Black men. Frontiers.
Curtis, M., Collins, C., Augustine, D., Kwon, E., Reck, A., Zuercher, H., Kogan, S. (Under Review). The Transition to Fatherhood, Contextual Stress, and Substance Abuse: A Prospective Analysis of Rural, Emerging Adult Black American Men. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Jump to top