Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
Positive youth development, immigrant & refugee adaptation, prevention intervention
My research investigates the positive development of urban adolescents and young adults who have experienced marginalization and adversity (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees). Applying an ecological approach and developmental psychopathology framework, my work examines individual and contextual mechanisms that underlie positive youth development. My most recent work centers around one protective factor: civic contribution. Most recent research examines how civic and political participation can prevent problem behaviors and promote successful transition to adulthood.
My work also addresses the translation of science into practice in the area of prevention science. I have developed and evaluated school-based preventive interventions designed for urban youth and families. Currently, my colleague and I are conducting a 3-year longitudinal study to evaluate the effectiveness of a school-based group mentoring program in preventing delinquency among adolescents at risk of juvenile system involvement (funded by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program). In addition, I have conducted a longitudinal study to investigate the benefit of service-learning curriculum on promoting immigrant college students’ academic success.
For a list of my publications, please visit my research gate profile.