- Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2011
- M.A., Hunter College, CUNY, 2007
- B.S., Stetson University, 2002
Dr. Futch is a postdoctoral fellow at Youth-Nex studying adolescent identity development, youth-adult relationships in out-of-school programs, and emerging adulthood. She received her BS in Psychology from Stetson University in 2002. Prior to joining Youth-Nex, Valerie was a student in Social-Personality Psychology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation documented the developmental impact of participation in a peer-education teen-theatre program called The SOURCE, located in Sarasota, FL. While at CUNY she was also an Instructional Technology Fellow, a Writing in the Disciplines (WID/WAC) Fellow, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She is currently involved in The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and an active member of the Public Science Project.