overview

My research aims to understand why certain groups of people experience a greater health and disease burden and to promote health equity among all youth and families. I strive to engage with communities to understand individual, familial, community, and cultural risk and protective factors among minoritized, marginalized, and underserved populations. In my research, I consider how co-occurring adversities (i.e., HIV, violence, substance misuse) and health comorbidities (i.e., metabolic complications) are maintained based on intersectional identities (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality). I then use this knowledge to develop strength-based, culturally-responsive programs and interventions to enhance well-being, reduce stigma, and promote self-empowerment.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles60
  • Mandell, J. E., Howell, K. H., & Thurston, I. B. (2022). Developmental Assets, Defiance, and Caregiver Communication among Black Adolescents with High Body Weights. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 31(4), 910-922.
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  • Gex, K. S., Mun, E., Barnett, N. P., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Ruggiero, K. J., Thurston, I. B., ... Murphy, J. G. (2022). A randomized pilot trial of a mobile delivered brief motivational interviewing and behavioral economic alcohol intervention for emerging adults.. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
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  • Fix, R. L., Testa, E. G., Thurston, I. B., Gray, W. N., & Russell, M. T. (2022). Anti-Racism Strategies in Pediatric Psychology: Using STYLE Can Help Children Overcome Adverse Experiences With Police.. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 29(2), 262-273.
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  • Decker, K. M., Philip, S. R., & Thurston, I. B. (2022). Measuring weight- and shape-based social identity threat vulnerability in young adults.. Body Image. 42, 136-144.
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  • Mandell, J. E., Howell, K. H., Schaefer, L. M., Hardin, R. N., & Thurston, I. B. (2022). Social support for mothers living with HIV: A pilot investigation of the beneficial roles of positive parenting and community cohesion. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services. 21(1), 90-105.
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Chapters3
  • Thurston, I. B., Decker, K., & Hardin, R. (2016). Antiretroviral Medication Adherence and Disease Management in Pediatric Populations. Chenneville, T. (Eds.), A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV. 163-188. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Phares, V., Rojas, A., Thurston, I. B., & Hankinson, J. C. (2010). Including fathers in clinical interventions for children and adolescents.. The role of the father in child development, 5th ed.. 459-485. John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Hankinson, J. C., Thurston, I. B., Fields, S., Rojas, A., Kamboukos, D., & Phares, V. (2010). THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL THERAPY IN THE FAMILY AND ADOLESCENTS' EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS. Columbus, A. M. (Eds.), ADVANCES IN PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH, VOL 67. 149-162. Nova Science Publishers.
Conference Papers26
  • Howie, W. C., Decker, K., Philip, S., Porter, D. V., & Thurston, I. B. (2021). ANXIETY MODERATES THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN INTERNALIZED WEIGHT STIGMA AND BODY SHAPE CONCERNS IN YOUNG ADULTS. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 55, S52-S52.
  • Thurston, I. B., Opara, I., Abrams, J., Bond, K., Bonner, C., & Agenor, M. (2021). PRIORITIZING BLACK WOMEN'S SEXUAL HEALTH: EXAMINING THE ROLES OF SUBSTANCE USE, PREP AWARENESS, AND STRENGTH-BASED APPROACHES. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 55, S566-S566.
  • Pichon, L. C., Williams Powell, T., Williams Stubbs, A., Becton-Odum, N., Ogg, S., Arnold, T., & Thurston, I. B. (2020). An Exploration of U.S. Southern Faith Leaders' Perspectives of HIV Prevention, Sexuality, and Sexual Health Teachings.. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 17(16), 5734-5734.
  • Taylor, J. A., Thurston, I. B., Schwartz, D., Womack, C. E., Wallace, N. D., & Martin, M. (2020). ENGAGING 6TH THROUGH 9TH GRADE STUDENTS IN CANCER-RELATED STEM PROJECTS: A PILOT EXAMINATION OF PROJECT CLIMB MEMPHIS. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 54, S710-S710.
  • Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Kaufman, C. C., Howie, W., & Maye, C. (2020). RESILIENCE AMONG BLACK ADOLESCENTS WITH LARGE BODIES: THE ROLE OF SLEEP, QUALITY OF LIFE, AND CAREGIVER FACTORS. ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 54, S727-S727.
Repository Documents / Preprints3
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awards and honors
Email
idiathurston@tamu.edu
First Name
Idia
Last Name
Thurston
mailing address
Psychology Building, Room 256, MS 4235;
College Station, TX 77843
USA