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M.Ed., Temple University, 2002
B.S., Philadelphia University, 1995
My research examines the relationships of racial socialization and racial identity with the developmental processes, social and academic outcomes of Black children and youth. I am particularly interested in how Black adolescents interpret negative media stereotypes and whether the messages presented are internalized or buffered as a result of racial socialization experiences. I am also interested in research informed culturally relevant professional development for practitioners who work with African American youth and families. I believe in connecting research to practice. I have been a lead consultant with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey's Center for Youth Development, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh Teen Services Department. Recently, I worked with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to revise the Teen Reading Lounge Program into a culturally inclusive out-of-school program for adolescents. As an applied researcher, I have conducted research with urban African American and Latino adolescents, South African youth and facilitated training with adults and youth on college preparation, science, civic engagement, and life skills curriculum and activities.