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Idia Thurston

Idia Thurston
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Clinical
  • Diversity Science
  • (979) 845-3794
  • Psychology 256
Professional Links
Office Hours
Office hours held online for Fall 2020. See your syllabus for times and log in information
Accepting Students
Yes for 2021-2022

Research Interests

My research aims to understand why certain groups of people experience a greater health and disease burden and to promote health equity among youth and families. Our CHANGE* lab engages with communities to understand individual, familial, community, and cultural risk and protective factors among marginalized and underserved populations. We develop strength-based, culturally-responsive programs and interventions that consider intersectional identities of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality to enhance well-being, reduce stigma, and promote self-empowerment.

*Challenging Health disparities in Adolescents and Nurturing Global Empowerment


Recent Publications

Hardin, R. N., Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Kamody, R. C., & Kaufman, C. C. (2019). External Predictors of Community Cohesion in Women Living with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 31, 137-144.

Hipp, T. N., Gore, K. R., Toumayan, A. C., Anderson, M. B., & Thurston, I. B. (2019). From Conversion toward Affirmation: Psychology, civil rights, and experiences of gender-diverse communities in Memphis. American Psychologist, 74, 882-897.

Kamody, R.C., Howell, K.H., Schwartz, L.E., & Schaefer, L.M., & Thurston, I.B. (2019). A Cross-Sectional Examination of Intimate Partner Violence and Mother-Child Communication. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-11.

Archer, C. M., Jiang, X., Thurston, I. B., & Floyd, R. G. (2019). The Differential Effects of Perceived Social Support on Adolescent Hope: Testing the Moderating Effects of Age and Gender. Child Indicators Research, 1-16.

Kamody, R. C., Thurston, I. B., Pluhar, E. I., Han, J. C., & Burton, E. T. (2019). Implementing a condensed dialectical behavior therapy skills group for binge eating behaviors in adolescents. Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 24, 367-372.

Maclin-Akinyemi, C., Thurston, I. B., Howell, K. H., Jamison, L. E., & Anderson, M. B. (2019). The Protective Role of Ethnic Identity and Community Cohesion on Substance Use among Black Women Experiencing Adversity. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 1-16

Mimiaga, M. J., Bogart, L. M., Thurston, I. B., Santostefano, C. M., Closson, E. F., Skeer, M. R., Biello, K. B., & Safren, S. A. (2019). Positive Strategies to Enhance Problem-Solving Skills (STEPS): A Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Multicomponent, Technology-Enhanced, Customizable Antiretroviral Adherence Intervention for HIV-Infected Adolescents and Young Adults. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 33, 21-24

Thurston, I. B., Hardin, R., Kamody, R.C., Herbozo, S., & Kaufman, C. (2018). The Moderating Role of Resilience on the Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Binge Eating Symptoms among Young Adult Women. Eating Behaviors, 29, 114-119.

Kaufman, C.C., Thurston, I.B., Maclin-Akinyemi, C., Hardin, R.N., Decker, K.M., & Kamody, R.C. (2018). Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms in Young Adults with Overweight and Obesity. Journal of American College Health, 1-7.

Decker, K. M., Thurston, I. B., & Kamody, R. C. (2018). The Mediating Role of Internalized Weight Stigma on Weight Perception and Depression among Emerging Adults: Exploring Moderation by Weight and Race. Body Image, 27, 202-210.

Thurston, I. B., Howell, K.H., Kamody, R.C., Maclin-Akinyemi, C., & Mandell, J. (2018). Resilience as a Moderator between Syndemics and Depression in Mothers Living with HIV. AIDS Care, 30, 1257-1264.