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Doctoral Student
Arizona State University
950 S. McAllister Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
United States of America

Office 480-965-7296

Research Keywords
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Youth
  • Parent-child communication
  • Preventive intervention
  • Alcohol
  • Substance use
  • Drug use
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Membership Category:
Graduate Students

Member Since: 2011


Meghan Garvey, BS

Meghan Garvey, BS


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Ben Franklin; “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” - lutarch



M.A., Arizona State University
B.S. in Psychology, University of California, San Diego


Research Statement

Ms. Garvey's research focuses on the development and evaluation of culturally grounded drug prevention interventions for Hispanic/Latino adolescents. Her thesis examined the influence of parent cultural values on drug use among Mexican heritage adolescents. She is interested in extending this line of research in an effort to improve family-based interventions aimed at reducing adolescent drug use and improving family functioning within Hispanic families. Ms. Garvey has advanced her quantitative training through completing advanced coursework at Arizona State University in SEM, multi-level modeling, mediation, and missing data analysis.

About Me

Meghan Garvey is currently completing her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Arizona State University. She is a fellow of the NHSN Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute (IRTI) on Hispanic Drug Abuse and was recently awarded a predoctoral training fellowship in child mental health/primary prevention at Arizona State University that will support her continued training in prevention research. She has worked as a graduate research assistant on Familias Preparando la Nueva Generación and Puentes a la Secundaria, two family-focused preventive interventions developed for Hispanic families in the Southwest.

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Recent Publications

Williams, L. R., Ayers, S. L., Garvey, M. M., Marsiglia, F. F., & Castro, F. G. (2013). The efficacy of a culturally based parenting intervention: Strengthening open communication between Mexican-heritage parents and adolescent children. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3 (4), 296-307.

Castro, F.G., Garvey, M. M., Kellison, J. G., & Marsiglia, F. F. (in press). Ethnic and cultural minority populations. In B. S. McCrady & B. Epstein (Eds.) Addictions: A Comprehensive Guidebook (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Castro, F. G., Boyd, S. J., Garvey, M. M., Kellison, J. G. (2011). Latino youth’s substance use intentions: Parental acculturation trajectories and parent-youth relationship factors. In R. Pérez-Escamilla & H. Melgar-Quiñonez (Eds.). At risk: Latino children's health. Houston, TX: Arte Público Press.