Works In Progress & BYOLunch Meetings

Youth-Nex holds a series of monthly presentations for faculty and graduate students to informally discuss challenges, interesting new issues, or findings. If you would like to attend and are not UVA faculty or a graduate student, please contact


Unless noted, all dates are Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Location: Ruffner 206



January 16th, 2020

  • Presenter: Victoria Mauer
  • Bio: Victoria is currently an Institute for Education Sciences predoctoral fellow in the Community Psychology program in the Department of Psychology. Victoria received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research centers on the study of prevention and intervention programming seeking to promote supportive contexts, particularly in schools, that foster positive youth development and prevent gender based violence. As a VEST fellow, Victoria is working with Nancy Deutsch on the Study of Important Youth-Adult Relationships (YAR Study), as well as the development of a training institute to investigate whether leveraging youth-adult relationships in public middle schools can foster positive school climates and reduce educational inequality.
  • Title: A developing job talk, "Preventing sexual and relationship violence: What can we learn from stakeholders' perceptions of existing programming?"

Wednesday February 19th, 2020 <--Updated date

  • Presenter: Dr. John Holbein, Assistant Professor Public Policy and Education
  • Bio: John Holbein studies political participation, political inequality, democratic accountability, political representation, and education policy. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Nature Human Behavior (to name a few). His research has been supported by two National Science Foundation grants. His book–Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action–is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. It explores ways to increase perpetually low rates of voter participation among young people.
  • Title: Making Young Voters Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action

March 26th, 2020

  • Presenter: Dr. Lora Henderson
  • Bio: Lora Henderson is a graduate of the Curry School of Education and Human Development Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Her prior experiences as a second-grade teacher piqued her interests in evidence-based mental health interventions and school-based services. As a graduate student, Lora was an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and she had opportunities to conduct and evaluate school-based interventions in public schools as well as provide outpatient mental health and inpatient psychiatric services. She also worked on a project designed to provide adults who work with tribal youth in South Dakota additional training in trauma-informed service provision. Her original dissertation examined cultural differences between home and school for students from underrepresented backgrounds. She completed a predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Hartford Hospital Institute of Living and a fellowship in child trauma at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As a postdoctoral research associate, Lora will integrate her research and clinical experiences with the National Center for Rural School Mental Health as she implements, adapts, and evaluates school-based mental health interventions for rural and tribal youth.
  • Title: TBA

April 16th, 2020

  • Presenter: Dr. Julia Taylor & Dr. Mike Lyons
  • Title: TBA

April 30th, 2020

  • Presenter: Andrea Negrete
  • Bio: Andrea Negrete is a fifth-year graduate student in the Community Psychology doctoral program at the University of Virginia. Andrea received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. Andrea’s research centers on the promotion of healthy adolescent development with a focus on Latinx adolescents and emerging adults. Her dissertation examines the effects of immigration enforcement on Latinx immigrant emerging adult well-being, identity, and critical consciousness. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.
  • Title: TBA


BYOL MEETINGS: Bring Your Own Lunch

In addition to our Works in Progress series, Youth-Nex affiliated faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students are also invited to come and informally discuss their ongoing work. There will no presentations or sign-ups for spaces for these dates. This is a time to informally discuss developing projects and ideas, receive feedback on papers or grants, share ideas, and explore potential collaborations for projects.

All dates are Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Location: Ruffner 206


  • February 6th, 2020
  • March 5th, 2020
  • April 2nd, 2020