Gabriel Kuperminc

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1994
Chair, Community Psychology Program
Member, Development Psychology Program
Social Ecology and Adolescent Development
1112 Urban Life

***I am not recruiting graduate students for Fall 2015***

Broadly speaking, I engage in two types of research focused on 1) understanding processes of resilience and positive youth development in adolescence and 2) evaluating the effectiveness of community based prevention and health promotion programs. These types of research often intersect. Research projects are conducted in collaboration with colleagues and students at GSU and other institutions and include: ;;

Resilience and Positive Youth Development

Currently Funded Projects

  • Project Arrive Group Mentoring. In collaboration with Dr. Wing Yi Chan and the San Francisco Unified School District I am conducting a study of a school-based group mentoring program for 9th grade students identified as being at high risk for truancy and dropout. We are conducting a large-scale quasi-experimental study and working with school personnel to develop an implementation manual to facilitate future replications of the program. Funding from the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • Mentoring Toward College. In collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta I co-direct a research team (with Drs. Tim Brezina, Department of Criminal Justice, and Erdal Tekin, Department of Economics, American University) conducting a randomized trial of an enhanced mentoring program that provides a specialized curriculum, with a more structured, educational focus for youth, and an intentional role for mentors to empower youth to achieve educational goals. Educational and psychosocial development outcomes will be compared for youth randomized into the enhanced mentoring condition relative to youth receiving “standard” mentoring. Funding from the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • Teen Health Project. From 2011-2015, our team is working with a local non-profit organization called the Center for Black Women’s Wellness to evaluate the Teen Health Project, a teen pregnancy prevention program that is considered by the Office of Adolescent Health to be a “best practice.

Other Projects

  • Evaluation of Cool Girls, Inc. Since 1999, my research team has been conducting evaluations of the effectiveness of this a comprehensive youth development program that provides mentoring, tutoring, and life skills training to high risk, urban, preadolescent and early adolescent girls. Funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Cool Girls, Inc.
  • Proyecto Juventud. A 5-year investigation of how the process of immigration affects developmental outcomes for Latino adolescents. Funding from WT Grant Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, GSU. Collaborators: Greg Jurkovic and Julia Perilla at GSU, Art Murphy (now at U. of North Caroline Greensboro), José de Jesús Gutiérrez Rodriguez and Francisco Gutiérrez Rodriguez at the University of Guadalajara.
  • Prevention Intervention Research Group. Ongoing survey designed to assess risk and resilience among culturally diverse youth in school settings. The survey has been translated into Spanish and Japanese. This survey has been administered in a high school and two middle schools in Georgia. Versions have been used in Atlanta After-School All Stars program and have been administered to school children in Japan. Funding from the AIG Corporation and GSU. Collaborators: Drs. Chris Henrich and Joel Meyers.

Recent Publications Related to Resilience and Positive Youth Development

  • Thomason, J.D. Kuperminc, G.P. (2014). Cool Girls, Inc. and self-concept: The role of social capital. Journal of Early Adolescence, 34, 816-836. DOI: 10.1177/0272431613511329
  • Barrett, A.N., Kuperminc, G.P., and Lewis, K. (2013).Acculturative stress and gang involvement among Latinos: U.S.-born versus immigrant youth. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 35, 370 - 389. DOI 10.1177/0739986313488086
  • Kuperminc, G.P., Wilkins, N.J, Jurkovic, G.J., & Perilla, J.L. (2013). Filial responsibility, perceived fairness, and psychological functioning of Latino youth from immigrant families. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 173-182.
  • Kuperminc, G.P., Smith, E.P., & Henrich, C.H. (Eds.). (2013). Social and motivational processes in after school settings: Bridging gaps between theory, research, and practice [Special Issue]. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 5-16.
  • Kuperminc, G.P. & Thomason, J.T. (2013). Group mentoring. In D.L. DuBois & M.J. Karcher (Eds.). Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2nd Ed.), pp. 273-290. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Evaluation of Community Based Programs

  • Georgia BASICS (Brief Assessment, Screening, Intervention, Continuum of Care System). I conduct the evaluation of this collaborative project designed to identify persons at risk for alcohol and substance abuse in major urban hospital emergency departments (and other clinic sites). Using a public health approach patients who are screened into the study receive brief advice, brief intervention, brief treatment and/or referral for alcohol or drug problems. Funding from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities via a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. GSU Collaborators: Drs. Jim Emshoff and Dominic Parrott.
  • Georgia Family Connection Partnership. I participate in an interdisciplinary team conducting outcome evaluation of a statewide network of 157 county collaboratives serving all of the counties in Georgia. Collaborators: Drs. Scott Weaver (Public Health), EMSTAR Research.

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations Related to the Evaluation of Community Based Programs

  • Gilmore, G.D. & Kuperminc, G.P. (2014). Testing a model of participant retention in longitudinal substance abuse research. American Journal of Evaluation. DOI: 10.1177/1098214014523822
  • Tarantino, N., Kuperminc, G.P., Parrott, D., & Latzman, R. (2013). Family support mediates the association between substance use severity and suicidal ideation in early adult emergency department patients. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. DOI 10.1007/s11469-013-9444-3
  • Harper, C., Kuperminc, G., & Weaver, S. (2013, June). Leveraged dollars and systems changes in community collaboration. In C. Harper (Chair), Past lessons and future directions for community collaboration. Symposium presented at the 2013 Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Miami, FL.
  • Kuperminc, G. (2013, June). Addressing participant attrition and other threats to validity when evaluating community programs. Symposium presented at the 2013 Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, Miami, FL.
  • Hankin, A., Lyme, A, Johnson, A., Tribble, M., & Kuperminc, G. (2013, April). Mission-not-impossible: Implementation of SBIRT (alcohol/drug Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) at two medical centers in Georgia. Workshop presented at the 84th Annual Georgia Public Health Association Meeting and Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Recently Taught Courses

Undergraduate Level

  • Introduction to Community Psychology
  • Study Abroad: Human Rights in Argentina – From Dictatorship to Democracy

Graduate Level

  • Introduction to Community Psychology
  • Assessment, Consultation and Evaluation
  • Adolescent Development

Contact Information

Office: 1112 Urban Life Center
Phone: 404-413-6281
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Gabriel Kuperminc