Current Research

TARDIS is currently working on several different projects focused on a variety of identity domains including ethnic/racial identity, national identity, parental identity, military identity and academic-specific identity domains:

  • Stressors and Adaptation Among Latino Emerging Adults (SALEA): A cross-sectional study focused on exploring how cultural stressors affects Hispanic/Latino young adults (ages 18 to 26) in the Hampton Roads.
  • Addressing Issues in Measurement of Cultural Identity (AIM-CI): A cross-sectional study focused on exploring the effect of item wording among cultural identity measures and establishing a comprehensive measure of cultural identity development.
  • Drinking Identity Project (DIP): A cross-sectional study focused on developing a comprehensive measure on drinking identity and the process underlying its development.
  • Psychometric on Identity and Cultural Scales (PICS): A cross-sectional study focused on developing and refining measures focused on personal and cultural identity development among Hispanic/Latino college-attending emerging adults.

In addition, TARDIS is involved in several active collaborative projects:

  • Parental Identity and Psychopathology (PIP): A cross-sectional study focused on understanding the links between parental identity processes and psychopathology among parents and caregivers. Study is done in collaboration with Dr. James F. Paulson and the Early Family Lab (here) and Dr. Michelle Kelley (PI: Alan Meca, Co-I: James F. Paulson & Michelle Kelley). If you are interested in participating, please contact us at
  • Identity and Mental Health (IAM): The IAM is a project done in collaboration with Dr. Judah and the ERP lab (here) focused on how individuals identify with psychopathology (PIs: Drs.  Matt Judah & Alan Meca).
  • Warrior Identity and Reintegration Study (WIR): The WIR is a study on military identity and its role in reintegration among veterans. This project was done in conjuncture with Dr. Kelley and her research lab (PIs: Drs.  Michelle Kelley & Alan Meca).
  • College Athletes Risky Drinking Study (CARDS): Large study conducted by the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness (here) to understand prevalence of substance use and factors that contribute to it among college student athletes from Division I and Division II. (PIs: Dr. David Wyrick & Jeffrey Milroy; Co-PIs: Drs. Byron L. Zamboanga, Alan Meca, Jessica L. Martin, & Janine Olthuis).
  • Acculturation and Substance Use Research Team (ASURT): A cross-sectional study interested in identifying the psychological, social, and cultural characteristics that might influence alcohol use among young adults in the United States (PI: Dr. Byron Zamboanga, Co-PIs: Drs. Alan Meca, Abby Braitman, Heidemarie Blumenthal, Miguel Angel Cano, Alexandra Nicole Davis, Su Yeong Kim, Tim Grigsby, Lindsay S. Ham, P. Priscilla Lui, Jessica L. Martin, Dennis McChargue, Amie R. Newins, Jessica Perrotte,&  Brandy Piña-Watson).