Sahitya Maiya

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

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.

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

Maiya, S., Dotterer, A. M., Serang, S., & Whiteman, S. D. (2023). COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Financial Hardships and Adolescents' Adjustment: A Longitudinal Family Stress Approach.. J Youth Adolesc. doi:10.1007/s10964-023-01875-7

Carlo, G., McGinley, M., Maiya, S., & Ramos, A. K. (2023). Associations of Work-Related Injuries and Stress to Family and Youth Wellbeing among U.S. Latino/a Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers.. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 20(4). doi:10.3390/ijerph20043361

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