Jerel Pasion Calzo

Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Science, San Diego State University
Chapter Member: San Diego SSN

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About Jerel

Calzo is a developmental psychologist and social epidemiologist. Calzo's research focuses on adolescent and young adult health, gender, sexual orientation, and community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. Calzo's current research interests include partnering with school and community-based programs to develop evidence-based practices to support positive youth development and resilience among LGBTQIA+ youth, and using survey and mixed method research designs to examine and address health inequities among LGBTQIA+ populations, particularly in the areas of eating disorders and substance use. Calzo is a Core Investigator with the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health where he leads the Action Research on Community Health Equity and Stigma (ARCHES) Lab — a research group and training space for CBPR and public health practice focused on social justice and addressing issues of health inequity.


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"Person-Environment Fit and Positive Youth Development in the Context of High School Gay-Straight Alliances" (with V. Paul Poteat, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Stephen Thomas Russell, and Laura Bogart). Journal of Research on Adolescence 1 (January 2020): 158-176.

Examines the extent to which school-based clubs for LGBTQIA+ youth and their allies (i.e., Gender & Sexuality Alliances) provide opportunities for socializing and support, advocacy, and education that align with needs of the club members, and the implications of such alignment for the youth's positive youth development.

"Alcohol Use and Disordered Eating in a US Sample of Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Adolescents" (with Blair C. Turner, Rachel Marro, Gregory L. Phillips, and II). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 58, no. 2 (2019): 200-210.

Examines the association between alcohol use and disordered eating behaviors among youth of different sexual orientations across adolescence.

"Action4Health Community Report: Findings on Youth Homelessness, Health, and Stigma," (with Jennifer Kate Felner, Hunter Call, Daniel Kirkland, Jerel Calzo, Saanjh Boyani, Amanda Farr, Talia Kieu, Ethan Lopez, Andrew Stieber, Cameron Wadstrom, Carrissa Wijaya, and Sally Windsich), San Diego State University, 2019.

Describes the findings of a community-based participatory research study using photovoice methodology to explore health and homelessness in San Diego among transitional aged youth.