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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Vanja Lazarevic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology, Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Ph.D., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois

M.S., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois

B.A., Psychology, Marquette University 

Research Interests

Health and Well-Being of Marginalized Adolescents and Young Adults and their Families; Impact of Immigration and Acculturation on Immigrant and Refugee Youth; Contextual Factors that Impact Individual Development and Family Processes; Mechanisms by which Social Networks and Community Bonds Contribute to Positive Outcomes

Selected Publications

Lazarevic, V., Raffaelli, M., & Wiley, A. (in press). Language and non-linguistic brokering: Diversity of experiences of immigrant young adults from Easter Europe. Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Kam, J. A., & Lazarevic, V. (2014). Communicating for one's family: An interdisciplinary review of language and cultural brokering in immigrant families. Communication Yearbook, 38, 3-38.

Kam, J. A. & Lazarevic, V. (2013). The stressful (and not so stressful) nature of language brokering: Identifying when brokering functions as a cultural stressor for Latino immigrant children in early adolescence. Journal
of Youth and Adolescence
. Published online first. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-0061-z.

Kang, H. & Lazarevic, V. (2013). Exploring adolescent-parent relationships in Asian American immigrant families: An ecological perspective. Child Studies in Diverse Contexts, 3(2), 105-122.

Raffaelli, M., Lazarevic, V., Koller, S., Nsamenang, A. B., & Sharma, D. (2013). Introduction: Special issue on adolescents in the Majority World. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 23(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1111/jora.12000

Lazarevic, V., Wiley, A., & Pleck, J. H. (2012). Associations of acculturation with family and individual wellbeing in Serbian refugee young adults in the United States. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 43(2). 218-236.

Raffaelli, M., Tran, S. P., Wiley, A. R., Galarza-Heras, M., & Lazarevic, V. (2012). Risk and resilience in rural communities: The experiences of immigrant Latina mothers. Family Relations, 61, 559-570. doi: 10.1111/ j.1741-3729.2012.00717.x

Oswald, R. F., & Lazarevic, V. (2011). You live where?! Lesbian mother’s attachment to non-metropolitan communities. Family Relations, 60(4), 373-386. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00663.x

Oswald, R.F., Cuthbertson, C., Lazarevic, V., & Goldberg, A. E. (2010). New developments in the field: Measuring community climate. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 6(2), 214-228. doi:10.1080/15504281003709230

Courses Taught at SDSU

CFD 375C: Human Development and Learning: Adolescence/Adulthood

CFD 537: Child Abuse and Family Violence

Dr. Lazarevic