Kathleen Diaz

BA (2012) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2017


Broadly speaking, my research interest focuses on the role that family and peers play in the onset, maintenance, and treatment of internalizing disorders. More specifically, my goal is to examine how family and peer relationships influence mental health outcomes, particularly internalizing disorders in cross-cultural contexts, in children and adolescents in order to apply this learned knowledge to the development of preventive interventions.

Selected Presentations

Tampke, B., Fite, P. J., Cooley, J., & Diaz, K. I. (2016, November). Hope and peer victimization. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York City, NY.

Diaz, K. I., & Vernberg, E. M. (2016, September). Teacher Identification of Peer Victimization of African-American and Hispanic/Latino Children. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.

Cho, B. O., Vernberg, E. M., Lochman, J. E., Hendrickson, M. L., Diaz, K. I., Jarrett, M. A., & Kassing, F. (2016, August). Self- reported tornado exposure and geographical information systems. To be presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Denver, CO.

Diaz, K. I., & Ehrenreich May, J. (2015, March). Predictors of internalizing disorders: Exploring the role of parents on anxiety and depression. Poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Miami, FL.

Diaz, K. I., Chan, S. F., Ehrlich, C., & La Greca, A. M. (2015, March). Friends’ and family’s social support: Predictor of social anxiety in Hispanic adolescents. Poster presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Miami, FL.

Ehrlich, C. J., Diaz, K. I., & La Greca, A. M. (2014, October). Adolescent Peer Victimization and Efforts to Cope. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.

Marchante, A. N., La Greca, A. M., Diaz, K. I., & Chan, S. (2014, October). Relational Peer Victimization and Somatic Symptoms: Understanding the Role of Emotion Dysregulation. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Lawrence, KS.

Diaz, K. I., Lai, B. S., Ehrlich, C., & La Greca, A. M. (2014, March). Friends’ and family’s social support: Their association to social anxiety in Hispanic adolescents. Poster presented at the 15th Society for Research in Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Austin, TX.


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