• Dr. Meca received his Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from Florida International University. His research focuses on the impact of identity and acculturation on psychosocial functioning among ethnic/racial minority youth.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2018 Cultural stressors, identity development, and substance use attitudes among Hispanic immigrant adolescentsJournal of Community Psychology. 117-132.
    2018 Dynamic transition patterns in acculturation among Hispanic adolescentsChild Development. 1-18.
    2018 From advising to mentoring: Toward proactive mentoring in health service psychology doctoral training programsTraining and education in professional psychology. 38-45.
    2018 Health service application: The use of a brief alcohol use screener to identify adolescents at risk for school discipline due to externalizing behaviorsJournal of School Health. 47-478.
    2018 Religiousness and acculturation as moderators of the association linking acculturative stress to levels of hazardous alcohol use in college studentsPsychology of Religion and Spirituality.
    2018 The Use of a Brief Alcohol Use Screener to Identify Adolescents at Risk for School Discipline due to Externalizing BehaviorsJournal of School Health. 474-478.
    2017 Acculturation, discrimination, and depression among unauthorized Latinos/as in the United StatesCultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. 258-268.
    2017 Empowering marginalized youth: A self-transformative intervention for promoting positive youth developmentChild Development. 1115-1124.
    2017 Examining the temporal order of ethnic identity and perceived discrimination among Hispanic immigrant adolescentsDevelopmental Psychology,. 929-937.
    2017 Exploring adaptive acculturation approaches among undocumented Latinos/as: A test of Berry’s ModelThe Counseling Psychologist. 1115-1140.
    2017 Factor structure of the brief comprehensive effects of alcohol scale in AdolescentsAssessment. 1073191117694454.
    2017 From Advising to Mentoring: Toward Proactive Mentoring in Health Service Psychology Doctoral Training Programs
    2017 Longitudinal Trajectories of Family Functioning Among Recent Immigrant Adolescents and Parents: Links With Adolescent and Parent Cultural Stress, Emotional Well-Being, and Behavioral HealthChild Development.
    2017 Perceptions of legal status: Associations with psychosocial experiences among undocumented Latino/a immigrantsJournal of counseling psychology. 167-178.
    2017 Personal and cultural identity development in recently immigrated Hispanic adolescents: Links with psychosocial functioningCultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. 348-361.
    2017 Personal identity development in Hispanic immigrant adolescents: Links with positive psychosocial functioning, depressive symptoms, and externalizing problemsJournal of Youth and Adolescence. 898-913.
    2017 Preliminary Evaluation of the NIAAA/AAP Brief Alcohol Use ScreenerAlcohol and Alcoholism. 328-334.
    2017 The analysis of bridging constructs with hierarchical clustering methods: An application to identityJournal of Research in Personality. 93-106.
    2016 A longitudinal test of the parent-adolescent family functioning discrepancy hypothesis: A trend toward increased HIV risk behaviors among immigrant Hispanic adolescentsJournal of Youth and Adolescence. 2164-77.
    2016 Latino parent acculturation stress: Longitudinal effects on family functioning and youth emotional and behavioral healthJournal of Family Psychology. 966-976.
    2016 Longitudinal effects of Latino parent cultural stress, depressive symptoms, and family functioning on youth emotional well-being and health risk behaviorsFamily Process.
    2016 Psychology and neuroscience: How close are we to an integrative perspective? Reply to Staats (2016) and Tryon (2016)The American Psychologist. 898-899.
    2016 Relationships of contextual factors and personal identity to externalizing problem behavior among Iranian early adolescentsIdentity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. 250-266.
    2016 The role of neuroscience within psychology: A call for inclusiveness over exclusivenessAmerican Psychologist. 52-70.
    2016 Towards an integrated understanding of Latina/o parents' cultural stress, parents' depressive symptoms, family functioning, and youth healthFamily Process.
    2015 Identity centrality and psychosocial functioning: A person-centered approachEmerging Adulthood. 327-339.
    2015 Identity in young adulthood: Links with mental health and risky behaviorJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 39-52.
    2015 Longitudinal trajectories of bicultural identity integration in recently immigrated Hispanic adolescents: Links with mental health and family functioningInternational Journal of Psychology. 440-50.
    2015 Neurocentrism: Implications for psychotherapy practice and researchBehavior Therapist. 173-181.
    2015 The role of identity horizons in education-to-work transitions: A cross-cultural validation study in Japan and the United StatesIdentity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. 263-286.
    2014 Association of acculturation with drinking games among Hispanic college studentsThe American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 359-66.
    2014 Meaning in life in emerging adulthood: A person-oriented approachJournal of Personality. 57-68.
    2014 Reducing identity distress: Results of an identity intervention for emerging adultsIdentity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. 312-331.
    2013 Identity dimensions and related processes in emerging adulthood: helpful or harmful?Journal of clinical psychology. 415-32.
    2013 Identity in emerging adulthood: Reviewing the field and looking forwardEmerging Adulthood. 96-113.
    2012 Identity around the world: an overviewNew Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. 1-18.
    2012 The development of a qualitative extension for the Personally Expressive Activities Questionnaire (PEAQ-QE): A construct validation studyIdentity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. 320-344.
    Cultural Stress, Emotional well-being, and Health Risk Behaviors among Recent Immigrant Latinx families: The Moderating Role of Perceived Neighborhood CharacteristicsJournal of Youth and Adolescence.
    Identity Processes in Ladakhi Emerging AdultsEmerging Adulthood. 216769681875491.


    Year Title
    2017 Acculturation and Tobacco/Illicit Drug Use in Hispanic YouthOxford Handbook of Acculturation. Oxford University Press.
    2015 Identity in emerging adulthood: Reviewing the field and looking forwardThe Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood. Oxford University Press.
    2014 Adolescent identity: The key to unraveling associations between family relationships and problem behaviors?Parenting and teen drug use. Oxford University Press.
    2014 Identity and Positive Youth Development: Advances in Developmental Intervention ScienceOxford Handbook of Identity Development. Oxford University Press.

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Alan Meca’s program of research focuses on identity development and acculturation in ethnic/racial minority adolescence and emerging adulthood, as well as their respective impacts on psychosocial functioning (e.g., well-being, internalizing and externalizing symptoms, etc.) and health risk behaviors (e.g., alcohol use, risk-sex taking behavior, etc.). His most recent research has focused on the interplay between personal and cultural identity and the role that context of reception and cultural stressors have on youth outcomes.
  • Expertise Keywords

  • Psychology : Acculturation, Cultural Stressors, Hispanic Youth, Identity, Latino/a Youth, Substance Abuse, & Well-Being
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Florida International University 2014
  • M.S. in Psychology, Florida International University 2012
  • B.A. in Psychology, Florida International University 2010
  • Full Name

  • Alan Meca