Department of Psychology

M. Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez

Maria Espinosa-Hernandez
Education and contact info

Dr. Maria G. Espinosa-Hernandez, Professor

PennState University, State College, PA, 2009, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies.

PennState University, State College, PA, 2005, MS, Human Development and Family Studies.

Universidad de las Américas-Puebla, Puebla Puebla México, 2000, BS, Psychology.

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3030
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-4057 |

Currently, my lab and I are conducting research focusing on sexuality, romantic relationships and psychological adjustment among middle and late adolescents of Mexican-origin living both in Mexico and the U.S. We also study romantic and sexual experiences in emerging adulthood. 

Select Publications

Espinosa-Hernández, G., Bissell-Havran, J. M., Van Duzor, A., & Halgunseth, L. C. (in press). Romantic relationships in Mexico: Understanding the role of parenting and respeto in adolescence. Journal of Social and Personal Relations.

Wesche, R., Espinosa-Hernández, G., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (in press). Gender’s role in misperceptions of peers’ sexual motives. Sexuality & Culture.

Vasilenko, S. A., Espinosa-Hernández, G., & Halgunseth, L. C. (2016). Positive and negative perceived consequences of first intercourse among middle and high school students in Puebla, Mexico. Culture, Health & Sexuality 18, 582-96. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1101164

Espinosa-Hernández, G. & Vasilenko, S. A., (2015) Patterns of Romantic and Sexual Behaviors in Mexican Adolescents and Associations with Well-being: A Latent Class Approach. Journal of Adolescence, 44, 280-290. doi: 0.1016/j.adolescence.2015.08.011

Espinosa-Hernández, G., Bissell-Havran, J. M. & Nunn, A. M. (2015). The role of religiousness and gender in sexuality among Mexican adolescents. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 887-897. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2014.990951

Espinosa-Hernández, G., Vasilenko, S. A., & Bámaca-Colbert, M. (2015). Sexual behaviors in Mexico: The role of values and gender across adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jora.12209

Espinosa-Hernández, G. & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2009). Sexual behaviors and attitudes and ethnic identity during college. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 471-482.

Lefkowitz, E. S., & Espinosa-Hernández, G. (2007). Sex-related communication with mothers and best friends during the transition to university. Journal of Sex Research, 44, 17-27.

Marván, M. L., Vacio, A., García-Yáñez, G. & Espinosa-Hernández, G. (2007). Attitudes toward menarche among Mexican preadolescents. Women & Health, 46, 7-23.

Maldonado-Molina, M. M., Reyes, A. N., & Espinosa-Hernández, G. (2006). Prevention research and Latino families: Resources for researchers and practitioners. Family Relations, 55, 403-414.

Sievert, L. L. & Espinosa-Hernández, G. (2003). Attitudes toward menopause in relation to symptom experience in Puebla, Mexico. Women & Health, 38, 93-106.