Ava J. Reck

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant


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


My research, guided by the developmental psychopathology perspective, uses multi-level and multi-modal methods to investigate the long-term implications of social and structural adversity on neural function and psychopathology throughout adolescence. I also study the ways in which families, communities, and policy can protect youth from the harmful effects of adversity, and promote resilience


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.
HDFS 7170, Hypothesis Testing , September, 2022.


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
Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance Award Emory University Fall, 2023-Spring, 2024


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

Dr. Lawrence Sweet, Committee Member

Job Description

I am currently a trainee with the Clinical and Translational Science Alliance. I also work as a researcher in the Youth Development Institute and the Center for Family Research. In these roles I aid in the collection and documentation of data, manage and clean data sets, create and manage codebooks and conduct analyses. My research interest involves investigating the bio-behavioral effects of contextual adversity driven by social and structural inequalities (e.g. food insecurity, poverty, racism) on the development of adolescent mental health, with a focus on neurocognitive development.



Reck, A., & Oshri, A. (2023). Resilience. Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Elsevier Inc. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-96023-6.00035-X

Reck, A., Bradley-Pikes, A., Fisher, S., & Kogan, S. (In press). Differential Mechanisms Linking Internalized Racism to Externalizing Symptoms among Black American Adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Reck, A., & Oshri, A. (In Press). Resilience. In Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Elsevier Inc.

Azarmehr, R., Reck, A., Zhang, L., Oshri, A. (2023). COVID-19-Related Stress Exacerbates the Effect of Child Maltreatment on Negative Affect via Increased Identity Confusion During Adolescence. Journal of Adolescence. doi: 10.1002/jad.12249

Kogan, S. M., Kwon, E., Brody, G. H., Azarmehr, R., Reck, A. J., Anderson, T., & Sperr, M. (2023). Family-Centered Prevention to Reduce Discrimination-Related Depressive Symptoms Among Black Adolescents: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open6(11), e2340567-e2340567.

Curtis, M., Reck, A., Collins, C., Kwon, E., Pinson, N., Koss, K., & Kogan, K. (Under Review). Adultification or Weathering: Investigating the Prospective Links Between Racial. Discrimination and Pubertal Development among Black & Latinx American Adolescents

Reck, A., Cui, Z., Kogan, S., Sweet, L., & Oshri, A. (Under Review). Food Insecurity, Functional Connectivity and Impulsivity among Adolescents; The role of family balanced flexibility.

Assaf, A., Reck, A., Carter, S., Uddin, L., Beach, S., Brody, G., Kogan, S., Sweet, L., (Under Review). Racial Discrimination and Risk for Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms Among Black Youth: The Moderating Role of Amygdalar Response. 


Reck, A., Seaton, E., Oshri, A., & Kogan, S. (2022). Trajectories of depressive symptoms among Black American adolescents: sociocultural, racism and familial predictors. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2022.2140432

Kogan, S. M., Reck, A. J., Curtis, M. G., Zuercher, H., Collins, C., Kwon, E., & Augustine, D. A. (2022). Planful Self-Control, Metabolic Risk, and Psychosocial Outcomes Among Young, Black Men: A Test of Skin-Deep Resilience Theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.806955

Curtis, M. G., Collins, C., Augustine, D., Kwon, E., Reck, A., Zuercher, H., & Kogan, S. M. (2022). The Transition to Fatherhood, Contextual Stress, and Substance Abuse: A Prospective Analysis of Rural, Emerging Adult Black American Men. Substance use & misuse, 57(12), 1818-1827. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2022.2115851


Reck, A. J., & Kogan, S. M. (2021). Family stress and rural African-American adolescents' depressive symptoms. Journal of Adolescent Health, 69(6), 1006-1012.

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, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-021-00655-y

Working Papers

Reck, A., Kogan, S., Oshri, A., (In preparation). Adolescent Food Insecurity and Brain Development; A review.  

Reck, A., Bradley-Pikes A., Collins, C., Kogan, S. (In preparation). Black American Adolescents, Depressive Symptoms, and Racism: A conceptual model and focused literature review. 

Kogan, S., Reck A., Thapa J., Carter, S., Fisher, S., Tiwari, B., Oshri, A. (In Preparation). Family-centered Prevention Reduces Internalized White Supremacy When Structural Racism Risk is Elevated. 

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