- Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2011
- M.A., Hunter College, CUNY, 2007
- B.S., Stetson University, 2002
Dr. Futch is a research assistant professor at Youth-Nex studying adolescent identity development, the importance of youth-adult relationships (such as mentors), and the experiences of various social settings for youth (such as after-school programs, community centers, etc.). Valerie earned her PhD in social-personality psychology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 2011. Previous work involved an evaluation of an after-school teen-theatre program as well as a mixed-methods study of outcomes for the Internationals Network of Public Schools in New York City. Current work at UVA includes several projects that aim to better our understanding of youth experiences in the classroom, in after-school programs, and in relationship to adults. She is currently serving as Secretary for the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP, a section of APA’s Division 5) and program chair for the Out-of-School-Time (OST) SIG for AERA 2015.