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Jelsma, Elizabeth

Elizabeth B Jelsma

Advisor: Dr. Fatima Varner


B.S., Psychology, Tulane University

M.A., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Elizabeth's research investigates how racial discrimination influences health and well-being for African American youth and adult populations. She studies the effects of racial discrimination on human development from multiple contextual perspectives. She is interested in African American parenting practices and how adolescents cope with experiencing racial discrimination at school from teachers and peers. Elizabeth is interested in both the psychological and physiological implications of discrimination stress for racial and ethnic minority youth and adults.

Jelsma, E., & Varner, F. (2020). African American adolescent substance use: The roles of racial discrimination and peer pressure. Addictive Behaviors, 101, 106154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106154

Graduate Student Poster Award: Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD) 2018

Jelsma, E., & Varner, F. (June, 2019). Racial Discrimination, Peer Pressure, and African American Adolescent Substance Use. Poster accepted to the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9) Summer Conference. San Diego, CA.

Varner, F., Woods-Giscombé, C. L., Martz, C., Jelsma, E., Holloway, K., Lim, S. S., & Chae, D. (April, 2019). The Roles of Superwoman Schema and Socioeconomic Status on Systematic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity among African American Women. Symposium accepted to the Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.

Jelsma, E., & Varner, F. (March, 2019). Racial Discrimination, Psychological Functioning, and the Moderating Role of High-Effort Coping among African American Youth. Symposium accepted to the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Jelsma, E., Sattler, K. M., Varner, F., & Benner, A. D. (November, 2018). Experiencing Versus Witnessing Peer- and Teacher-Perpetrated Discrimination and Adolescents’ Depressive Symptoms. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Jelsma, E. & Varner, F. (July, 2018). African American Adolescent Discrimination Experiences, High-Effort Coping, and Academic Achievement. Poster presented at the APA Division 45 Research Conference: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. Austin, TX.

Jelsma, E. & Varner, F. (March, 2018). African American Adolescent Discrimination Experiences, John Henryism Attitudes, and Psychological Functioning. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Human Development Biennial Meeting. Plano, TX.

Jelsma, E. & Cunningham, M. (August, 2016). Social Support, Negative Life Events, and Psychological Distress in African American Adolescents. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 2016 Annual Convention. Denver, CO. 

Teaching Assistant Positions:

HDF 338: Developmentally Appropriate Practices with Young Children

HDF 313: Child Development

HDF 313L: Child Development Lab

HDF 378K: Intro to Child Life

HDF 347: Socioeconomic Problems of Families

HDF 378K: Intro to Early Childhood Intervention

HDF 342: Developmental Psychopathology