- Ph.D., Temple University, 2008
- M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
- B.A., Brown University, 1997
My basic research interests focus on the cognitive, contextual, and developmental factors related to youth’s perceptions of stigma. This includes an emphasis on the role of identity processes related to race/ethnicity, resiliency, and coping in adolescent development. Currently I am working on examining the nature and frequency of racial microaggressions and their relation to racial ethnic identity development, psychosocial functioning, and achievement outcomes among adolescents and young adults.
I also have applied research interests in contexts supporting positive youth development. I am a member of the research team for the Young Women Leaders Program, a mentoring program for middle school girls that emphasizes self-esteem and leadership development; the mentors are college women at UVa. The evaluation includes a randomized experimental design with program and control groups of middle school girls as well as college women. Surveys, observational data, focus groups, and interviews allow for an examination of individual and contextual factors that support the development of healthy girls and women.