Ph.D., Yale University, 2001
youth development, resilience, achievement, violence exposure
My interests focus on the role of contextual resilience factors in the development of children and adolescents. We are researching an array of factors–including different forms of violence exposure and social support–and how they interact in relation to youths’ academic and behavioral adjustment and well-being. I am particularly interested in development over key educational and other ecological transitions, and in at-risk populations. Recently completed research projects include (a) a four-year longitudinal study in Israel on processes of risk and protection among a sample of youth from several communities in the Negev, (b) CDC-funded research in collaboration with colleagues at the GSU Center for Research on School Safety on the effects and prevention of bullying in upper-elementary and middle school, and (c) NIJ-funded research on the self-determination and mental health of youth in residential placement. Current funded projects include a statewide evaluation of after-school programs funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program in Georgia and a National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative in the Atlanta Public Schools.
I have faculty affiliations with a number of interdisciplinary centers at GSU including the Center for Research on Atypical Development & Learning, the Center for Research on Challenges in the Acquisition of Language & Learning, the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence, and the Center for Research on School Safety.