Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
Ronald Blake Cox, Jr.

Ronald Cox, Jr.

Associate Research Professor and Extension Specialist
George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Child and Family Resilience
Associate Director of Community Engagement, Center for Family Resilience


Area: Prevention Science

233 Human Sciences
Stillwater OK 74078
 
Phone: 405-744-9938
Fax: 405-744-6344
r.cox@okstate.edu

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

  • Profile
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Research

Educational Background:

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Michigan State University Family and Child Ecology / Marriage and Family Therapy
M.A. University of Louisiana Marriage and Family Therapy
B.A. Harding University Psychology

Awards & Recognition:

  • Outstanding Team Award for an Educational Program, Co-Parenting for Resilience. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (2014).
  • Selected as an Emerging Engagement Scholar. The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (2013).
  • Marguerite Scruggs Award for Meritorious Early Career Research in Human Sciences. College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University (2012).
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Travel Award
    Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Washington, DC (2008).
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI (2008).
  • Ambassador Award given in name of Ronald Cox for work with Latino populations in Oklahoma (2009).
  • Presentation on evidence based programming at 2008 NCFR Extension Pre-Conference was selected for highlighting on the USDA CSREES website (2009).
  • Ambassador’s Outstanding State Faculty   CE-FCS Ambassadors Program Development Grants and Awards, Oklahoma City, OK (2010)
  • Best Paper Award.  Ethnic Minority Section of the National Council on Family Relations, presented at the 72nd Annual National Conference, Minneapolis, MN (2010).

Professional Memberships:

  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Hispanic Science Network
  • Society for Prevention Research
  • Oklahoma Marriage Initiative Research Advisory Group

Research Statement:

As a prevention scientist my passion is working with communities to discover solutions for today’s families. As such, much of my work centers on creating and testing interventions in real-life settings. Currently I am working on two programs that I have developed with colleagues. The first focuses on parenting, emotion regulation and motivation among adolescents, and peer affiliations to enhance child adjustment and prevent negative behaviors such as school drop out and substance use among Latino youth (http://juntos.okstate.edu/). The second tests a statewide dissemination of a brief psycho-educational intervention that reduces the impact of divorce or parental separation on child adjustment by altering parental perceptions and behaviors (http://coparenting.okstate.edu/). In broad terms, my research has focused on how environment, family, and individual characteristics interact to create risk and resilience factors that determine behavior in children and adolescents. For example one recent publication documented how gains in parental acculturation to a primary child environment such as school reduce negative child behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. These discoveries led to the development and implementation of the JUNTOS program designed to enhance academic performance and reduce drop out and substance use among Latino youth. This intervention is currently being tested in Tulsa Public Schools. Other recent studies I have conducted have examined factors that promote the formation of either risk or resilience in the early stages of adolescent attitudes toward risky sexual behavior and substance use. Findings from these studies are also being used to develop interventions that enhance the quality of life for families in Oklahoma and beyond.

Research Areas:

  • Prevention Science
  • Latino youth and families
  • The formation of risk and resilience factors associated with substance use, dropout, teen pregnancy, and externalizing behaviors among adolescents.
  • Co-parenting among divorcing or separating couples with a child.
  • Development and evaluation interventions.
  • Methodological strategies for establishing stronger causal inferences from non-experimental data.

Grants:

  • National Institutes of Health, Institute of General Medical Science (2016-2012). A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of Juntos to Reduce Substance Use Among Latino Immigrant Youth. $1,233,800. Role: Primary Investigator
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2014-2019).  CYFAR Iowa State Sustainable Community Project: Together for a Better Education. Subcontract $64,800.  Role: Lead Evaluatior
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2013-2018). CYFAR NC State and Oklahoma State Multi-State Sustainable Community Project: Together for a Better Education. $1,200,000. Co-Principal Investigators: Andrew Behnke and Ronald Cox
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2012-2014). 4-H Tribal, Latino, and Military Youth Mentoring Project: Dissemination and Effectiveness Study. Oklahoma State University. $218,140. Co-Principal Investigators: Charles Cox and Ronald Cox
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 4-H Military Youth Mentoring Project: Dissemination and Effectiveness Study. Oklahoma State University. Funded December 2011-February 2013. $82,000. Principal Investigators: Ronald Cox and Charles Cox
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Cox, C. (PI), Cox, R. (2011-2013). 4-H Tribal Youth Mentoring Project: Dissemination and Effectiveness Study. Oklahoma State University. Funded, December 2011-February 2013. $82,000. Principal Investigators: Charles Cox and Ronald Cox
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention OKC Latino 4-H Mentoring Project: Dissemination and Effectiveness Study. Oklahoma State University. Funded, December 2010-June 2012. $117,107. Principal Investigator: Ronald Cox, Co-I: Charles Cox, Mike Merten
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation. Preventing Teenage Pregnancy: A Needs Assessment and Baseline Study of Youth in Tulsa, OK. Oklahoma State University. Funded, January 2011-2012. $87,000. Principal Investigator: Ronald Cox, Co-PI: Karina Shreffler, Michael Merten,  & Kami Schwerdtfeger
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation. Family Support in Tulsa EDUCARE: An Assessment and Evaluation Study. Oklahoma State University. Funded, December 2010-2012. $50,000.  Principal Investigator: Ronald Cox, Co-PI: Michael Merten 
  • Zarrow Family Foundation. Center for Family Resilience Operations. Oklahoma State University. Funded December 2011. $25,000. Principal Investigator: Ronald Cox
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation. Center for Family Resilience Operations. Oklahoma State University. Funded December 2010-2012. $250,000. Principal Investigator: Ronald Cox
  • AT&T Foundation. Together We Can (Juntos) program. Latino Community Development Agency.  Funded, January 2011-December 2011. $15,000. Primary Investigator: DeMoraes-Huffine, Ronald Cox, Consultant and Evaluator
  • The Opportunities for Children iFund Grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. 4-H Summer Program for Latino Youth. Latino Community Development Agency.  Funded, June 2011-September 2011. $10,000. Primary Investigator: DeMoraes-Huffine, Ronald Cox, Consultant and Evaluator
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. Fostering Resilience in Parents and Children that Experience Divorce. Funded 2014-2016. $89,427.58. PI: Matthew Brosi, Co-PI Ronald Cox.
  • Larzelere Endowed Professorship in Parenting. Longitudinal Assessment of the Co-Parenting for Resilience Program. Funded 2013-2014. $10,000. PI: Ronald Cox, Co-I: Matthew Brosi.
  • Dorothy Blackwell Legacy Grant. Preventing School Dropout. Funded, October 2012-July 2014. $5,000. PI: Leslie Lewis, Co-PI: Ronald Cox
  • Ambassadors Program Development Grant for County or Unit Multi-County, State Specialist and OHCE. Funded, January 2010-2011. $1,500. PI: Debbie Richardson, Co-PI: Ronald Cox
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. Emotion Regulation during Adolescence. Funded, September 2009-August 2011. $85,000. PI: Michael Criss, Co-PI: Ronald Cox.
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station/Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services TIP funding. Hispanic Youth and Families Needs Assessment. Funded, January 2008-June 2010. $51,000. PI: Ronald Cox, Co-PI: Kami Schwerdtfeger & JanJohnston
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station/Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services TIP funding. Preparing For Foreign Animal Disease Agro-Terrorism Or Other Agriculture Related Emergencies. Funded, January 2008-December 2008.$14,000. PI: David Sparks, Co-PI: Cole L., Cox, R., Parker, G., Peel, D.
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. Fostering aspirations, opportunities and success through a comprehensive mentoring program for families and adolescents in transitional housing. Funded, September 2009-August 2011. $80,376. PI: Michael Merten, Co-PI: Cox, R., & Morris, A.

Publications:

  • Cox, R. B., Shreffler, K.M., Merten, M.J., Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & Dowdy, J. (2015). Parenting, peers, and perceived norms: What predicts attitudes toward sex among early adolescents? Journal of Early Adolescence, 35(1), 30-53.
  • Larzelere, R., Cox, R., & Swindle, T. (2015). Many Replications Do Not Causal Inferences Make: Cumulative Progress Requires Nontrivial Replications Based on Strong Inference. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(3), 380-389.
  • Cox, R. (2014). Differential Effects of Parents and Peers on Externalizing Behavior and Drug Use. Acta de Investigación Psicológica, 4(2), 1491-1509.
  • Gallus, K. L., Shreffler, K., Cox, R., & Merten, M. (2014). Early life trauma, parent and school connectedness, and psychological distress in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, doi: 10.1177/0272431614548067
  • Gallus, K.L., Shreffler, K.M., Merten, M., & Cox, R. (2014). Interpersonal trauma and depressive symptoms in early adolescents: Exploring the moderating roles of parent and school connectedness.  Journal of Early Adolescence. doi: 10.1177/0272431614548067.
  • Schwerdtfeger, K. L., Shreffler, K. M., Merten, M.J., & Cox, R. B. (2014). Interpersonal trauma and depressive symptoms in early adolescents: Exploring the moderating roles of parent and school connectedness.  Journal of Early Adolescence, online before print.
  • Cox, R., Blow, A., & *Ketner, J. (2013). Working with couples and substance abuse: Recommendations for clinical practice. American Journal of Family Therapy, 41(12), 160-172.
  • Cox, R.B., Zapata, M., Merten, M.J., Shreffler, K.M., & Schwerdtfeger, K. L.  (2013). Do parent-child acculturation gaps affect early adolescent Latino alcohol use? A study of the probability and extent of use. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 8(4). doi: 10.1186/1747-597X-8-4.
  • Larzelere, R. & Cox, R.   (2013). Making valid causal inferences about corrective actions by parents from longitudinal data. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 5(4),282-299
  • Cox, R., *Danelia, K., Larzelere, R. E., & Blow, A. (2012). Do peers and perceived risk mediate the association of religiosity with the likelihood and extent of recent substance use among Venezuelan youth? International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 1(1), 15-31.
  • Larzelere, R. E., Cox, R. B., & Mandara, J. (2012). Responding to perceived misbehavior in young children: An examination of the firm control dimension of authoritative parenting. In R. E. Larzelere, A. S. Morris, & A. W. Harrist, (Eds.) Authoritative Parenting: Synthesizing Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development, Washington, DC. American Psychological Association.
  • Cox, R., *Burr, B., Blow, A., & Parra, J. R. (2011). Latino adolescent substance use in the U.S.: Using the bioecodevelopmental model as an organizing framework for research and practice. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 3(2), 96-123.
  • Behnke, A. O., Gonzalez, L., & Cox, R. (2010). Latino students in new arrival states: Factors and services to prevent youth from dropping out. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Cox, R., Blow, A., Maier, K., & Parra, J. R. (2010). Covariates of substance-use initiation for Venezuelan youth: Using a multilevel approach to guide prevention programs. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71(3), 424-433.
  • Larzelere, R., Cox, R., & Smith, G. (2010). Do nonphysical punishments reduce antisocial behavior more than spanking? A comparison using the strongest previous causal evidence against. BMC Pediatrics, 10(10), 1-17.
  • Cox, R. & Shirer, K.   (2009). Caring For My Family: A pilot test of a relationship and marriage education program for low-income unwed parents. Journal of Relationship and Couple Therapy. Journal of Relationship and Couple Therapy, 8(4), 343-364.
  • Blow, A., Timm, T., & Cox, R. (2008). The role of the therapist in therapeutic change: Does therapist gender matter? Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 20(1), 66-88.
  • Cox, R. & Ray, W.   (1994). The role of theory in the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. Contemporary Family Therapy, 16(2), 131-144.
  • Cox, R. & Ray, W.   (1994). The Disease Model: Fact or fantasy? Louisiana Journal of Counseling and Development., 4(2), 10-18.

Presentations:

  • Cox, R. (2008).  Increasing Extension’s evidenced-based programming Keynote National Council on Family Relations Extension Pre-Conference. Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Cox, R. (2008).  Los efectos contextuales como reguladores de riesgo para el uso de drogas entre jóvenes latinoamericanos Keynote address XII Congreso Mexicano de Psicología Social y IV Congreso Mexicano de Relaciones Personales (XII Mexican Congress of Social Psychologists, and IV Mexican Congress on Personal Relations). Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Cox, R. (2008).  SES as a contextual-level risk regulator for age of first substance use in Venezuela Invited presentation NIDA/NIAAA sponsored Early Career Investigators Poster Session held in conjunction with the American Psychological Association National Convention.. Boston, MA