Dr. Sahitya Maiya

Sahitya Maiya

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-2153
Office: UNH CHHS Human Development and Family Studies, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824

My research program focuses on the connections between family socialization, risk-resilience, and socioemotional and behavioral well-being during adolescence and emerging adulthood in diverse contexts. One line of research highlights how family members such as parents and siblings socialize prosocial behaviors among culturally diverse adolescents and emerging adults. A second line of research underscores the effects of risk (e.g., stress) and resilience (e.g., coping) factors on substance use, school bonding, and prosocial behaviors in adolescents and emerging adults from diverse backgrounds. Through my research, I am committed to understanding ways to support healthy development and well-being in adolescents and emerging adults.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 624: Dev Persp Adolsc&Early Adulthd
  • HDFS 641: Parenting Across the Life Span
  • HDFS 993: Theoretical Approaches to HDFS
  • HDFS 994: Research Seminar

Research Interests

  • Family
  • Parent Involvement
  • Risk
  • Resilience
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Culture
  • Quantitative methodology

Selected Publications

  • Kline, G., Maiya, S., & Carlos Chavez, F. L. (2024). Latinx young adults' retrospective sibling caregiving: Associations with ethnic identity, responsibility, and depressive symptoms. Personal Relationships, 31(1), 67-77. doi:10.1111/pere.12534

  • Maiya, S., Dotterer, A. M., Serang, S., & Whiteman, S. D. (2024). COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Financial Hardships and Adolescents' Adjustment: A Longitudinal Family Stress Approach.. J Youth Adolesc, 53(2), 432-445. doi:10.1007/s10964-023-01875-7

  • Davis, A. N., Carlo, G., Maiya, S., Streit, C., & Roos, J. (n.d.). Understanding Links between Pandemic-Related Racial Attitudes and Out-Group Prosocial Behaviors. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 1-10. doi:10.1080/00221325.2023.2293215

  • Maiya, S., Whiteman, S. D., Serang, S., Dayley, J. C., Maggs, J. L., Mustillo, S. A., & Kelly, B. C. (2023). Associations between older siblings? substance use and younger siblings? substance use intentions: Indirect effects via substance use expectations. ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS, 136. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107493

  • Maiya, S., Whiteman, S. D., Dayley, J. C., Serang, S., Wray-Lake, L., Kelly, B. C., . . . Mustillo, S. A. (2022). Direct and indirect effects of maternal and sibling intimacy on adolescents' volunteering via social responsibility values: A longitudinal study. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. doi:10.1177/02654075221083301

  • Maiya, S., Killoren, S. E., & Carlo, G. (2022). Parenting and person correlates of prosocial behaviors in Asian Indian young adults. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, 29(1), 100-119. doi:10.1111/pere.12404

  • Maiya, S., Dotterer, A. M., & Whiteman, S. D. (2021). Longitudinal Changes in Adolescents' School Bonding During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Individual, Parenting, and Family Correlates. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH ON ADOLESCENCE, 31(3), 808-819. doi:10.1111/jora.12653

  • Davis, A. N., Carlo, G., & Maiya, S. (2021). Towards a Multisystem, Strength-Based Model of Social Inequities in US Latinx Youth. Human Development, 65(4), 204-216. doi:10.1159/000517920

  • Maiya, S., Carlo, G., Gulseven, Z., & Crockett, L. (2020). Direct and indirect effects of parental involvement, deviant peer affiliation, and school connectedness on prosocial behaviors in US Latino/a youth. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, 37(10-11), 2898-2917. doi:10.1177/0265407520941611

  • Jones, N. A., Platt, M., Mize, K. D., & Hardin, J. (n.d.). Conducting Research in Developmental Psychology. In N. Jones, M. Platt, K. D. Mize, & J. Hardin (Eds.). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429352065