Ph.D., 2002, University of Kansas
Phone: (504) 862-3344
Lab Phone: (504) 862-3346
3034 Percival Stern Hall
Dr. Varela’s research focuses on the development of anxiety in youth with a particular emphasis on cultural, familial, and cognitive influences in this process. Current research examines 1) individual and contextual factors that serve to maintain maladaptive post trauma responses over long periods of time, and 2) the relationship between emotion processing and anxiety development from a cross-cultural perspective. Professor Varela has a special interest in the mental health of Latino youth and a component of his research involves data collection in Latin America.
Niditch, L. A., Varela, R. E, Kamps, J. L., & Hill, T. (2012). Exploring the association between cognitive functioning and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders: The role of social understanding and aggression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,41, 127-137.
Niditch, L. A. & Varela, R. E. (2011). Mother-child disagreement in reports of child anxiety: Effects of child age and maternal anxiety. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 450-455.
Creveling, C. C., Varela, R. E., Weems, C. F., & Corey, D. (2010). Maternal Control, Cognitive Style, and Childhood Anxiety: A Test of a Theoretical Model in a Multi-Ethnic Sample. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 439-448.
Moore, K., & Varela, R. E. (2010). Correlates of long-term posttrauma symptoms in children following Hurricane Katrina. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 41, 239-250.
Varela, R. E. & Hensley-Maloney, L. (2009). The Influence of Culture on Anxiety in Latino Youth: A Review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12, 217-233.
Hensley-Maloney, L., & Varela, R. E. (2009). The influence of hurricane exposure and anxiety sensitivity on panic symptoms. Child and Youth Care Forum, 38, 135-149.
Varela, R. E., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J., Biggs, B. K., & Luis, T. M. (2009).Parenting strategies and socio-cultural influences in childhood anxiety: Mexican, Latin American descent, and European American families. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 609-616.
Hensley, L., & Varela, R. E. (2008). PTSD and somatic complaints following hurricane Katrina: The role of trait anxiety and anxiety sensitivity. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 542-552.
Luis, T., & Varela, R. E., & Moore, K. (2008). Parenting practices and childhood anxiety reporting: A comparison of Mexican, Mexican American, and European American youth. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 22, 1011-1020.
Varela, R. E., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J., Biggs, B. K., & Luis, T. M. (2008). Anxiety symptoms and fears in Latin American and European American children: Cross-cultural measurement equivalence. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 30, 132-145.
Varela, R.E., Weems, C.F., Berman, S. L., Hensley, L., & de Bernal, M.C.R. (2007). Internalizing symptoms in Latinos: The role of anxiety sensitivity. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36, 429-440.
Varela, R. E., & Gamm, B. K. (2006). Reliability and validity of the RCMAS across samples of Mexican, Mexican American, and European American children: A preliminary investigation. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal, 19, 67-80.
Varela, R. E., Vernberg, E. M., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J., Riveros, A., Mitchell, M., & Mashunkashey, J. (2004). Anxiety reporting and culturally associated interpretation biases and cognitive schemas: A comparison of Mexican, Mexican American, and European American families. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 237-247.
Varela, R. E., Vernberg, E. M., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J., Riveros, A., Mashunkashey, J., & Mitchell, M. (2004). Parenting practices of Mexican, Mexican American, and European American families: Social context and cultural influences. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 651- 657.
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