Last Updated: February 2021

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Kulis, S. S., Garcia-Pérez, H. M., Marsiglia, F. F., & Ayers, S. L. (2021). Testing a culturally adapted youth substance use prevention program in a Mexican border city: Mantente REAL. Substance Use and Misuse, 56(2), 245-257. doi:10.1080/10826084.2020.1858103

Wu, S., Zhu, B., Zhu, Y., Chen, W., Chen, Y., & Zhang, L. (2021). Research on the effects, causes, and countermeasures of Chinese youth illicit drug use: A systematic review (1996-2020). Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence. [In Chinese]

Zhu, B., Wu, S., Chen, W., Chen, Y., Zhang, L., & Zhu, Y. (2021). Illicit Drug Use Among Youth in China (1996-2020): A Systematic Review. Journal of East China University of Science and Technology (Social Science Edition). [In Chinese]


Bo, A., Wu, S., Chen, D., Marsiglia, F., Zhu, Y., Zhang, L., & Zhu, B. (2020). Understanding alcohol-specific antecedents among Chinese vocational school adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 110, 106483.

Cutrín, O., MacFadden, I., Ayers, S. L., Kulis, S. S., Gómez-Fraguela, J. A., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2020). Applicability of the theory of planned behavior for predicting alcohol use in Spanish early adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, , 17(22), 8539. doi:10.3390/ijerph17228539  [PubMed: PMC7698639]

Oh, H. & Park, S. K. (2020). Gender and stress-buffering of social capital toward depression among precarious workers in South Korea. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 66(1),53-62. doi:10.3233/WOR-203150

Shi, Y., Sun, F., Liu, Y. & Marsiglia, F. F. (in press). Perceived threat of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among older Chinese Americans in subsidized housing: Through a cultural lens. Dementia. doi:10.1177/1471301218805901

Wu, S., Marsiglia, F., Ayers, S., Cutrin, O., & Vega-López, S. (2020). Familial acculturative stress and adolescent internalizing and externalizing behaviors in Latinx immigrant families of the Southwest. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 22, 1193-1199.


Gao, X., Sun, F., Marsiglia, F. F., & Dong, X. (2019). Elder Mistreatment Among Older Chinese Americans: The Role of Family Cohesion. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development88(3), 266-285. doi:10.1177/0091415018773499

Kulis, S. S., Marsiglia, F. F., Nuño-Gutiérrez, B. L., Corona-Lozano, M. D., Mendoza-Meléndez, M. A., Kiehne, E., Jager, J., Ayers, S. L., & Han, S. (2019). Reciprocal effects of alcohol use and violence perpetration among early adolescents in Mexico: A gendered analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(8), 1519–1531. doi: 10.1007/s10964-019-01014-1

Kulis, S. S., Marsiglia, F. F., Porta, M., Arévalo Avalos, M. R., & Ayers, S. L. (2019). Testing the keepin’ it REAL substance use prevention curriculum among early adolescents in Guatemala City. Prevention Science, 20(4), 532-543. doi:10.1007/s11121-018-0956-8

Marsiglia, F. F., Alarcón, D., Kiehne, E., Ayers, S. L., & Kulis, S. S. (2019). School connectedness, educational aspirations, academic performance, and alcohol use In Uruguay. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 6(3), 276-285. doi:10.14485/HBPR.6.3.7

Marsiglia, F. F., Medina-Mora, M. E., Gonzalvez, A., Alderson, G., Harthun, M. L., Ayers, S. L., Nuño-Gutiérrez, B. L., Corona, M. D., Mendoza, M. A., & Kulis, S. S. (2019). A binational cultural adaptation of the keepin’ it REAL substance use prevention program for adolescents in Mexico. Prevention Science, 20(7), 1125-1135. doi: 10.1007/s11121-019-01034-0


Kulis, S. S., Booth, J. M., & Becerra, D. (2018). Estrategias de resistencia al consumo de drogas en adolescentes mexicanos: el rol del género. In C. O. Socias and R. P. Gordaliza (Eds.), Género, adolescencia y drogas: Prevenir el riesgo desde la familia, (pp. 37-54). Barcelona: Octaedro.

Kulis, S. S., Marsiglia, F. F., Nuño-Gutiérrez, B. L, Lozano, M. D., & Medina-Mora, M. A. (2018). Traditional gender roles and substance use behaviors, attitudes, exposure and resistance among early adolescents in large cities of Mexico. Journal of Substance Use 23(5), 471-480. doi:10.1080/14659891.2017.1405088  

 Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S. S., Kiehne, E., Ayers, S. L., Libisch, C. A., & Barros, L. (2018). Adolescent substance use prevention and legalization of marijuana in Uruguay: A feasibility trial of the keepin’ it REAL prevention program. Journal of Substance Use 23(5), 457-465. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2017.1358308 


Hoffman, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Nevarez, L., & Porta, M. (2017). Health literacy among youth in Guatemala City. Social Work in Public Health, 32(1), 30-37. doi:10.1080/19371918.2016.1188741


Hoffman, S., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2016).  The impact of a substance use prevention program on the health literacy of youth in Guatemala City.  International Journal of Social Science Research, 4, 1-7.

Huang, C., Yabiku, S. T., Ayers, S. L., & Kronenfeld, J. J. (2016). The obesity pay gap: gender, body size, and wage inequalities – a longitudinal study of Chinese adults, 1991-2011. Journal of Population Research, 33, 221-242 doi:10.1007/s12546-016-9170-3 

Jiang, G., Sun, F. & Marsiglia, F. F. (2016). Rural-urban disparities in adolescent risky behaviors: A family social capital perspective. Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 1027-1039.

Kulis, S. S., Booth, J. M., & Becerra, D. (2016). Drug resistance strategies of early adolescents in Mexico: Gender differences in the influence of drug offers and relationship to the offeror. Substance Use and Misuse, 51(3), 370-382. doi:10.3109/10826084.2015.1110171  PMCID: PMC4856063

Martinez, M. J., Kawam, E., Marsiglia, F. F., Wright-Salas, C., Ayers, S. L., Porta, M. (2016). School connectedness and substance use in Guatemalan youth: Does gender matter? Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 3, 185-198. doi:10.14738/assrj.34.1923

Martinez, M. J., Marsiglia, F. F., Ayers, S. L., Nuño-Gutierrez, B. L. (2016). Mexican adolescents’ intentions to use drugs: Gender differences in the protective effects of religiosity. International Public Health Journal, 8, 251-254. Reprinted in Merrick, J. (ed.). Public Health Yearbook 2016 (pp. 251-264). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Sun, A. P., Chen, Y. C., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2016). Trauma and Chinese heroin users. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Use, 15(2), 144-59. doi:10.1080/15332640.2015.1011732


Burnette, D. & Sun, F. (2015) Global aging in the twenty-first century: Prospects, challenges and directions for action. In B. Berkman & S D’Ambruoso (Eds.), Handbook of social work in health & aging (pp. 575-583). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Flores, Y. N., Shaibi, G.Q., Morales, L. S., Salmerón, J., Skalicky, A. M., Edwards, T.C., … Patrick D. L. (2015). Perceived health status and cardiometabolic risk among a sample of youth in Mexico. Quality of Life Research, 24(8), 1887-1897.

García‐Pérez, H. & Merino, M. (2015). La toma del Papanicolaou en población indígena migrante en el noroeste de México: El caso del programa “Dile a una amiga.” Letter to the editor. Salud Pública de México, 57(1), 1‐2.

Glick, J. E. & Yabiku, S. T. (2015). A moving paradox: A binational view of obesity and residential mobility. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17(2), 489-497.

Hoffman, S., Marsiglia, F. F., & Ayers, S. L. (2015). Religiosity and migration aspirations among Mexican youth. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 16(1), 173-186. doi: 10.1007/s12134-014-0342-8  PMCID: PMC4315225

Marsiglia, F. F & Booth, J. (2015). Cultural adaptation of interventions in real practice settings. Research on Social Work Practice, 25, 423-432. doi: 10.1177/1049731514535989.  PMCID: PMC4512185

Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S., Booth, J. M., Nuño-Gutierrez, B. L., & Robbins, D. E. (2015). Long-term effects of the keepin’ it REAL model program in Mexico: Substance use trajectories of Guadalajara middle school students. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(2), 93-104. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0380-1  PMCID: PMC4503325

Martinez, M., Marsiglia, F. F., Ayers, S. L., & Nuño-Gutiérrez, B. L. (2015).  Substance use, religion and Mexican adolescent intentions to use drugs. In Friedman, B. & Merrick, J. (Eds.). Public health, social work and health inequalities (pp. 131-146). New York: Nova Publishers.


Becerra, D., Castillo, J., Ayón, C. & Blanchard, K. N. (2014). The moderating role of parental monitoring on the influence of peer pro-drug norms on alcohol and cigarette use among adolescents in Mexico. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, 297-306. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2013.869138

Booth, J. M., Marsiglia, F. F., Nuño-Gutierrez, B. L., & Garcia-Perez, M. (2014). The association between engaging in romantic relationships and Mexican adolescent substance use offers: Exploring gender differences. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(11), 1480-1490.  doi: 10.3109/10826084.2014.913627

Glick, J. E., & Yabiku, S. T. (2014). A moving paradox: A binational view of obesity and residential mobility. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s10903-014-0030-y

Hoffman, S. (2014). Suicidal ideation and migration aspirations among youth in central Mexico. Global Journal of Health Science, 6(1), 92-98. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v6n1p92  Read online PMCID:PMC4155928

Hoffman, S., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2014). The impact of religiosity on suicidal ideation among youth in central Mexico. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 255-266. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9654-1  PMCID:PMC4149292

Marsiglia, F. F., Booth, J. M., Ayers, S. L., Nuño-Gutierrez, B. L., Kulis, S., & Hoffman, S. (2014). Short-term effects on substance use of the keepin' it REAL pilot prevention program: Linguistically adapted for youth in Jalisco, Mexico. Prevention Science, 15(5), 694-704. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0421-7   [PubMed: PMC3864112]

Marsiglia, F. F., & Kulis, S. (2014). Diversity, oppression and change: Culturally grounded social work (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

Sun, F. (2014). Caregiving stress and coping: A thematic analysis of Chinese family caregivers of persons with dementia. Dementia, 13(6), 803-818. doi: 10.1177/1471301213485593


Gupta, T., Way, N., McGill, R. K., Hughes, D., Santos, C., Jia, Y., Yoshikawa, H., Chen, X. & Deng, H. (2013). Gender-typed behaviors in friendships and well-being: A cross-cultural study of Chinese and American boys. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23(1): 57–68. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00824.x

Nieri, T. A., Hoffman, S., Marsiglia, F. F., & Kulis, S. (2013). Interpersonal violence and its association with U.S. migration desires and plans among youths in Guanajuato, Mexico. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 13(3), 365-381. doi: 10.1007/s12134-011-0216-2 PMCID: PMC3939042


Abuldcadir, J., Ahmadu, F. A., Catania, L., Essen, B., Gruenbaum, E., Johnsdotter, S., Johnson, M.C., Johnson-Agbakwu, C., Kratz, C., Sulkin, C. L., McKinley, M., Njambi, W., Shell-Duncan, B., Shweder, R. A. (2012). Seven things to know about female genital surgeries in Africa. Hastings Center Report, 6,19-27. doi: 10.1002/hast.81  PMID:PM23138367

Ayers, S., Marsiglia, F., Hoffman, S., & Urbaeva, Z. (2012). Understanding the gendered patterns of substance use initiation among adolescents living in Mexico. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23, 251-254. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.01.005.  PMCID:PMC3340434

Ayers, S. L., Marsiglia, F. F., Hoffman, S., Urbaeva, J., & Booth, J. M. (2012). Mexican adolescents’ risky sexual behavior and migration intentions. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 8(2), 56-71. doi: 10.1108/17479891211249997

Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Ayers, S. L., Booth, J. M., & Nuño-Gutierrez, B. L. (2012). Drug resistance and substance use among male and female adolescents in alternative secondary schools in Guanajuato, Mexico. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 111-119. PMCID: PMC3237702

Marsiglia, F. F., Ayers, S. L., & Hoffman, S. (2012). Religiosity and adolescent substance use in central Mexico: Exploring the influence of internal and external religiosity on cigarette and alcohol use.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 87-97. doi: 10.1007/s10464-011-9439-9  PMCID: PMC3401064

Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Ayers, S. L., Calderón-Tena, C. O., & Nuño-Gutierrez, B. L. (2011). Gender differences in drug resistance skills of youth in Guanajuato, Mexico. Journal of Primary Prevention, 32, 113-127. doi: 10.1007/s10935-011-0239-7  PMCID: PMC3132188

Marsiglia, F. F. Kulis, S., Hoffman, S., Calderón-Tena, C. O., Becerra, D., & Alvarez, D. (2011). Migration intentions and illicit substance use among youth in central Mexico. Substance Use and Misuse, 46, 1619-1627. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.590957 PMCID: PMC3221015  


Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S., Martinez Rodriguez, G., Becerra, D. & Castillo, J. (2009). Culturally specific youth substance abuse resistance skills: Applicability across the US-Mexico border. Research on Social Work Practice, 19, 152-164. doi: 10.1177/1049731507303886. PMCID: PMC2778490


Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Castillo, J., Bercerra, D., & Nieri, T. A. (2008). Drug resistance strategies and substance use among adolescents in Monterrey, Mexico. Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 167-192. doi: 10.1007/s10935-008-0128-x. PMCID: PMC3076702

Luengo, M. A., Kulis, S., Marsiglia, F. F., Gomez-Fraguela, J. A., Romero, E., Villar, P., & Nieri, T. A. (2008). A cross-national study of preadolescent substance use: Exploring differences between youth in Spain and Arizona. Substance Use and Misuse, 43, 1574-1596. doi: 10.1080/10826080802241078. PMCID: PMC2730163

Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S., Luengo, M. A., Nieri, T. A., & Villar, P. (2008). Immigrant advantage? Substance use among Latin American immigrant and native-born youth in Spain. Ethnicity and Health, 13, 149-170. doi: 10.1080/13557850701830356  PMCID: PMC3038204


Rodriquez, G. M., & Luis Villar, M. A. (2004). Descriptive study of drug use among adolescents in higher middle education in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem, 12, 391-397. doi:10.1590/S0104-11692004000700014