Research Project

Identity and Positive Youth Development across Cultures

IPYDAC - three adolescent girlsThe Identity and Positive Youth Development across Cultures (IPYDAC) Project is a mixed-method study designed to examine Colombian and Chilean adolescents’ perceptions of marginalization as a function of race and ethnicity, as well as to explore the extent to which marginalization is associated with adjustment among Colombian and Chilean youth. The project also explores the extent to which the concept of ethnic-racial identity, as advanced in the U.S., is relevant to the Colombian and Chilean contexts.... Read more about Identity and Positive Youth Development across Cultures

BIO Study: Race-based Biological Stress, Ethnic-Racial Identity, and Educational Outcomes: New Approaches to Studying Academic Achievement Gaps

Bio study - adolescents jumpingWe introduce the concept of stress disparities (systematic differences in perceived and biological stress across sub-groups of students) and hypothesize that stress disparities may help to account for disparities in academic outcomes. We propose to measure and test associations among race-based stress (RBSS, such as perceived racial discrimination), stress biology (cortisol daily rhythms and sleep hours and quality) and academic outcomes in 300 students followed for 4 years in a diverse high school. To provide experimental insights, we will implement an intervention designed to promote ethnic-racial identity (ERI) development, which we hypothesize will reduce the impacts of RBSS on stress biology and improve academic outcomes, particularly for minority youth. ... Read more about BIO Study: Race-based Biological Stress, Ethnic-Racial Identity, and Educational Outcomes: New Approaches to Studying Academic Achievement Gaps

TIDES

TIDES - three students talkingAs U.S. adolescents become more ethnically diverse, all youths' social and academic success depends in part on their experiences with diverse peers in school. Among those from ethnic or racial minority backgrounds, having a strong Ethnic-Racial Identity is predictive of positive social and academic outcomes. Ethnic-Racial Identity (ERI) refers to a person's beliefs about and understanding of their own ethnicity or race and how their ethnicity or race relates to their sense of self. The TIDES (Teen Identity Development and Education Study) Project is a longitudinal study that focuses on examining the role that peer relationships play in adolescents’ ERI development.... Read more about TIDES

Supporting MAMI

MAMI - Son kissing mom on cheekThe Supporting MAMI (Mexican-origin Adolescent Mothers and their Infants) Project is focused on understanding the pregnancy and parenting experiences of Mexican-origin teen mothers, with a specific focus on developmental,...

Read more about Supporting MAMI