The Researchers

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ElisabethPonceGarcia_webDr. Ponce-Garcia is the founder of the SPF Lab. Dr. Ponce-Garcia’s Ph.D. is in developmental psychology. Her expertise is in the life-span science of resilience with a focus on building resilience in adolescence, as well as emerging and early adulthood. Dr. Ponce-Garcia has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology, research, learning, and cognition at three universities and has published research in areas such as the measurement and development of resilience in adolescence and adulthood, the effects of parent-child relationships in emotion regulation, and resilience within differing contexts of trauma. She has worked with local community and government leaders to assist in assessing and improving outcomes for Native American and at risk youth. As an invited speaker, Dr. Ponce-Garcia has helped others to learn how to build personal resilience, manage stress and anxiety, and develop interventions for drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. Ponce-Garcia serves on her institutional review board, three community boards focusing upon improving outcomes for at-risk youth and the geriatric population, and serves in multiple leadership roles within her university. Currently, Dr. Ponce-Garcia is writing a text book that covers psychological development from a risk and resilience perspective. Within the SPF Lab, Dr. Ponce-Garcia initiates research to better understand the developmental tasks of emerging and early adulthood, the dynamic interplay between factors of childhood development and adult development, and how best to measure resilience in populations with specific, and sometimes unique, risk factors and trauma. To learn more about Dr. Ponce-Garcia’s research,  click here.


Dr. Amy N. Madewell is the co-founder of the SPF Lab. Dr. Madewell’s Ph.D. is in developmental psychology. Her expertise is in the psychometrics of resilience, or the science of measuring resilience, with a focus on adolescence and adulthood. Dr. Madewell has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research, experimental design, writing for psychology, human sexuality, women’s studies, learning, and quantitative methods. She has published research using advanced statistical methods to include ANOVA, Multiple Regression, Psychometric Analyses, Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). She has expert knowledge of statistical software: SPSS, SAS, LISREL, AMOS, and Stata. Dr. Madewell is bilingual in English and Spanish and Proficient in Portuguese. Her recent publications are in the areas of scale development, resilience to trauma, psychometrics, and professional development in academia. She has worked with special populations to include tribal communities, veterans, and incarcerated adults.  Dr. Madewell serves in multiple leadership roles within her university and community. In this capacity, she has aided the Boys and Girls Club of America, local not for profit organizations working to assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and in improving campus sustainability. Dr. Madewell guides analyses and survey development to improve the measurement of resilience within the SPF Lab. To learn more about Dr. Madewell’s research,  click here.

Shaun Calix

Dr. Shaun Calix is a collaborator in the SPF Lab. He has a Ph.D. in human development and family studies. His dissertation focused on paternal involvement in the treatment and care of children with type-1 diabetes. He is continuing that line of research, including a study on the effects of a warm father/daughter relationship during childhood on adult daughters resilience. He teaches child development and family studies coursework. His research interests include father-child involvement, family and treatment factors in adolescent substance abuse, and sexual scripts. He is published in the areas of divorce education, emerging adulthood, and family treatment of adolescent substance abuse. To learn more about Dr. Calix’s research, click here.

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