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Nancy L. Deutsch

Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 222
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2004
B.A., Vassar College, 1993

Nancy Deutsch is the director of Youth-Nex, the UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development at the Curry School of Education. She is a Professor of Research, Statistics & Evaluation and Applied Developmental Science and is also affiliated with Curry's Youth & Social Innovation (YSI) Program. Deutsch's research examines the socio-ecological contexts of adolescent development, particularly issues related to identity. She has focused on the role of after-school programs and relationships with important adults, and is especially interested in the process of adolescent learning and development as it unfolds within local environments for better understanding about how to create settings that better support youth, especially those at risk due to economic or sociocultural factors. She received her BA from Vassar College and completed her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University. In 2017 Deutsch became editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research. She had been an Associate Editor of that publication. She also sits on the editorial boards for Applied Developmental Science and Qualitative Psychology. 

In addition to journal articles, she has published two books on youth in after-school programs, Pride in the Projects: Teens Building identifies in urban contexts (NYU Press, 2008) and After-School Programs and Youth Development (with Bart Hirsch & David DuBois, Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her works has been funded by agencies including the William T. Grant Foundation, the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Robertson Innovations in Education
Source: Robertson Foundation
May 15, 2020 – May 31, 2023
W.T. Grant Foundation Mixed Methods Consultancy
Source: William T. Grant Foundation
March 01, 2021 – February 28, 2023
CU-YNEX Editorial Services or the Journal of Adolescent Research
Source: SAGE Publications, Inc.
June 01, 2017 – December 31, 2022
Who Am I?: An Exploration of the Experiences of Division I Black Women Student-Athletes
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association
October 21, 2019 – July 31, 2022
How Do Districts Implement Equity in Afterschool and Summer Programs?
Source: The Wallace Foundation
October 15, 2020 – July 01, 2022
Remaking Middle School - Chicago Design Lab - Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Source: The Lefkofsky Family Foundation
July 01, 2021 – June 30, 2022
CU-EDLF Black Scholars Writing Group - Miray Seward
Source: American Psychological Association
January 01, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Equity Institute Lumina Racial Justice Advancement Fund
Source: Lumina Foundation for Education
June 01, 2018 – August 30, 2019
Youth Needs Assessment
Source: International Rescue Committee
June 05, 2017 – August 31, 2018
CU-Who builds the village? Examing Youth-Adult Relationships across Contexts and Time
Source: William T. Grant Foundation
January 01, 2013 – December 31, 2017
CU-Preventing Girls' Delinquency - a longitudinal evaluation of the YWLP
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2017
EDLF 4000: Dream it, Design it, Do it: Youth and Social Innovation Capstone
Credits: 3
With a team, you will design and implement an innovation to address a community issue facing youth. You will become an expert in the issue, and develop the skills needed to 1) assess a social issue, 2) evaluate and integrate multiple perspectives on social issues, 3) collaborate with a diverse team of stakeholders to design and implement an innovation to address a social issue, and 4) assess and revise an innovation to improve its effectiveness. Prerequisite: YSI major
EDLF 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDLF 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
EDLF 5980: Practicum
Credits: 1–6
EDLF 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 7404: Qualitative Analysis
Credits: 3
This class serves as an introduction to the central concepts of qualitative methods in research and evaluation. Primary emphasis is on the development of skills required to conduct qualitative research, with a focus on research design, specific methods of inquiry, and approaches to analysis. The philosophy and epistemology of qualitative approaches are also discussed. Empirical readings provide examples of qualitative research within education and related fields.
EDLF 8998: Masters Research Internship
Credits: 1–12
Designed to give masters students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Permission of Advisor
EDLF 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Under close faculty guidance, students work on an area of interest not covered by the curriculum. A plan of study must be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 9995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent Research
EDLF 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required.
EDLF 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.