Department of Psychology at Illinois State University


Rivadeneyra, PhD

Rocio Rivadeneyra, PhD

Associate Professor

Office Address: 414 DeGarmo Hall
Office Phone: (309) 438-7005
Office Hours:
Email: Contact Rocio Rivadeneyra, PhD (rrivade)
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Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
PSY290.037Special Projects,Research Apprenticeship   
PSY302.04Adolescent Development T R 14:00 - 15:15DEG 0206
PSY327.11Cultural PsychologyI Latino/A Psychology T R 09:35 - 10:50DEG 0039
PSY390.037Advanced Research Apprenticeship   
PSY400.037Independent Study   
Teaching Interests:
I enjoy teaching courses on Adolescent Development and Culture and Psychology.  I have taught the following courses:
  • Topics in Diversity and Psychology (Latino/a Psychology)
  • Graduate Seminar on Diversity in Psychology
  • Graduate Seminar on Adolescent Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology of Adolescence
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Issues of Diversity in Development
  • Children’s Thinking
Research Interests:

I study television’s role in the sexual and gendered socialization of adolescents, with particular emphasis on Latino/a youth.

  • 2001    Ph.D., Developmental Psychology.  <st1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on"><st1:ST1:PLACETYPE w:st="on">University of <st1:ST1:PLACENAME w:st="on">Michigan 
  • 1998    M.A., Developmental Psychology.  <st1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on"><st1:ST1:PLACETYPE w:st="on">University of <st1:ST1:PLACENAME w:st="on">Michigan
  • 1996    B.A., Psychology and Social Behavior and minor in Chicano Studies, University of California, Irvine.<st1:ST1:PLACETYPE w:st="on"><st1:ST1:CITY w:st="on"><st1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">
Selected Publications:
  •   Ward, L.M., Rivadeneyra, R., Thomas, K. (in press). A woman’s worth: Analyzing the sexual objectification of women in music videos. In E. Zurbriggen & T.A. Roberts, The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood, Oxford University Press.
  • Rivadeneyra, R. (2011). Gender Role Portrayals on Spanish-Language Television. Sex Roles, 65, 208-222.
  • Rivadeneyra, R., & Lebo, M.J. (2008). The association between television-viewing behaviors and adolescent dating role attitudes and behaviors, Journal of Adolescence,31, 291-305.
  • Rivadeneyra, R., Ward, L.M., & Gordon, M. (2007). Distorted Reflections:  Media Exposure and Latino Adolescents’ Conceptions of Self.  Media Psychology, 9, 261-290.
  • Rivadeneyra, R. (2006). Do you see what I see?  Latino adolescents’ perceptions of the images on television. Journal of Adolescent Research, 21, 393-414.
  • Rivadeneyra, R., & Ward, L.M. (2005).  From Ally McBeal to Sábado Gigante:  Contributions of television viewing to the gender role attitudes of Latino adolescents.  Journal of Adolescent Research, 20, 453-475.