1986 A.B., Columbia University
1994 PhD., University of Virginia
Community Psychology, Developmental Psychology
Community Heath interventions
Professor of Psychology and Public Health
Chair, Community Psychology Program
Member, Development Psychology Program
Secondary Appointment, School of Public Health
Biography Broadly speaking, I engage in two types of research focused on 1) understanding processes of resilience and positive youth development in adolescence and 2) evaluating the effectiveness of community based prevention and health promotion programs. These types of research often intersect. School and community-based programs are the laboratories for my work. In currently funded research projects, I am studying the effectiveness of innovative approaches to youth mentoring, including group mentoring and combining mentoring with other youth development approaches (projects funded by the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention). I also work with youth-serving non-profit organizations at local, state, and national levels, studying the effectiveness of prevention and youth development programs. Public health related research projects have focused on understanding the effectiveness of identifying and providing brief interventions for persons at risk of substance abuse disorders, as well as evaluating the impact of community collaboration on improving population health. A common thread in all of my work is an interest in understanding how cultural factors play a role in developmental processes and health behavior.
I have faculty affiliations with the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, the Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and the Center for Research on School Safety, all at Georgia State University. Since 2009, I have been directing a Maymester Study Abroad Program entitled, Human Rights in Argentina: From Dictatorship to Democracy.