Originally from Ecuador, Alcívar Zúñiga is an immigrant who was once undocumented. Her doctoral research centers on immigration policy and the health and well-being of Latinx families. She has worked with ISU Human Science Extension and Outreach research programs, including Rural Family Speak about Health Project, JUNTOS: Para Una Mejor Educación, and Abriendo Caminos. She was also recruited to develop a new ISU Extension and Outreach curriculum, ¡Salir Adelante! Caminos a Nuestro Futuro (Pathways for our Future). In 2018, she was invited to work with a bi-national research project titled "Health and Well-being of U.S. Children of Deported Parents," which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. is also actively engaged with the Latinx community across the state and has served as an advocate for immigrant rights since she moved to Iowa in 2008.
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Through her research, Phan aims to provide fact-based information about puberty and autism to help adults navigate the parenting of adolescents on the autism spectrum. In particular, she will examine the impact of pubertal maturation on the risk for internalizing symptoms in adolescent boys on the autism spectrum as well as those who show typical neurological behavior and development. Her innovative approach is targeting the internalizing symptoms and autistic behaviors of boys from a developmental perspective. She is examining puberty as a life stage during which many symptoms may be exacerbated by the biological, psychological, and sociological changes that happen concurrently within the body and brain.