Nena Stracuzzi

Faculty Fellow
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Maria Sillari is a Carsey Fellow for New Hampshire Listens.  She is an innovative problem solver and experienced facilitator who is passionate about the nonprofit sector.  She has provided facilitation, project management, grant review and bookkeeping services to a wide variety of New Hampshire nonprofits and small businesses since 2001, and has worked with nonprofits in a variety of capacities for over 25 years. Prior to consulting Maria served as both Campaign Director and Director of Fund Distribution for a combined 15 years with the United Way of the Greater Seacoast.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. She recently stepped off the board of Portsmouth Music and Arts Center where she served as president during its capital campaign, and renovation and move to a new building, is a founding board member of Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth, and has facilitated for both Portsmouth Listens and NH Listens for many years. Maria resides in Portsmouth with her husband Greg and children Abigail and Peter.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Social Sciences, University of California - Irvine

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sociology of the family

Courses Taught

  • SOC 400: Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 520: Family
  • SOC 570: Sexual Behavior
  • SOC 635: Medical Sociology
  • SOC 635W: Medical Sociology
  • SOC 699H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • SOC 788/888: Advanced Medical Sociology
  • SOC 799H: Senior Honors Thesis

Selected Publications

Van Gundy, K. T., Rebellon, C. J., Jaffee, E. M., Stracuzzi, N. F., Sharp, E. H., & Tucker, C. J. (2016). Perceived Local Job Prospects and School Connectedness in a Struggling Rural Economy: A Life-Course Perspective. Peabody Journal of Education, 91(2), 224-245. doi:10.1080/0161956x.2016.1151748

Van Gundy, K. T., Tucker, C. J., Stracuzzi, N. F., Sharp, E. H., & Rebellon, C. J. (2016). The rural context of substance misuse in the United States Emerging adult patterns and local perceptions following the Great Recession. In ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF RURAL CRIMINOLOGY (pp. 253-263). Retrieved from

Tucker, C. J., Van Gundy, K. T., Wiesen-Martin, D., Hiley Sharp, E., Rebellon, C. J., & Stracuzzi, N. F. (2015). Proactive and Reactive Sibling Aggression and Adjustment in Adolescence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(6), 965-987. doi:10.1177/0886260514539760

Van Gundy, K. T., Mills, M. L., Tucker, C. J., Rebellon, C. J., Sharp, E. H., & Stracuzzi, N. F. (2015). Socioeconomic Strain, Family Ties, and Adolescent Health in a Rural Northeastern County. Rural Sociology, 80(1), 60-85. doi:10.1111/ruso.12055

Tucker, C. J., Sharp, E. H., Stracuzzi, N. F., Van Gundy, K. T., & Rebellon, C. (2013). Rural parents' messages to their adolescent sons and daughters to leave their home communities. Journal of Adolescence, 36(5), 963-970. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.07.013

Tucker, C. J., Cox, G., Sharp, E. H., Van Gundy, K. T., Rebellon, C., & Stracuzzi, N. F. (2013). Sibling Proactive and Reactive Aggression in Adolescence. Journal of Family Violence, 28(3), 299-310. doi:10.1007/s10896-012-9483-8

Van Gundy, K. T., Stracuzzi, N. F., Rebellon, C. J., Tucker, C. J., & Cohn, E. S. (2011). Perceived Community Cohesion and the Stress Process in Youth. Rural Sociology, 76(3), 293-318. doi:10.1111/j.1549-0831.2011.00050.x

Stracuzzi, N. F., & Mills, M. (2010). Teachers Matter: Feelings of School Connectedness and Positive Youth Development among Coös County Youth. Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire. Retrieved from

Gebo, E., Stracuzzi, N. F., & Hurst, V. (2006). Juvenile justice reform and the courtroom workgroup: Issues of perception and workload. Journal of Criminal Justice, 34(4), 425-433. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2006.05.008

Blum, L. M., & Stracuzzi, N. F. (2004). Gender in the Prozac Nation. Gender & Society, 18(3), 269-286. doi:10.1177/0891243204263108

Most Cited Publications