Leadership

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Dr. Christia Spears Brown is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on children’s perceptions of and experiences with gender and ethnic discrimination, the development of gender and ethnic stereotypes and identity, and the impact of discrimination and stereotypes on academic outcomes. As part of her research on discrimination, she has also examined the perpetration and acceptance of sexual harassment among adolescents. Her research on Latino immigrant children’s perceptions of discrimination across school contexts was funded by the Foundation for Child Development. She is the founding Director of UK’s Center for Equality and Social Justice and an Associate Editor at Journal of Adolescent Research. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written two books: one for parents, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes, and one for an academic audience, Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence: A Developmental Intergroup Approach.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dr. Aerika Brittian Loyd is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her PhD in Human Development and Child Study from Tufts University, and completed postdoctoral training in the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University. As a developmental scientist, she has investigated social stressors and protective factors among African American and Latinx youth and families, and she provides recommendations for culturally informed youth practice, prevention, and policy. Her research on the links between racial stress, health and development in African American justice-involved youth has been funded by NICHD and NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health. Dr. Loyd’s research on youth of color in the Unites States and youth in South Africa has been published in Child Development Perspectives, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Research, and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

 

Dr. Noelle Hurd is an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Virginia. Her overarching research interest is the promotion of healthy adolescent development among marginalized youth.  Specifically, her work has focused on identifying opportunities to build on pre-existing strengths in youths’ lives, such as supportive intergenerational relationships. Through a series of interrelated projects, she currently is examining the mechanisms that drive the promotive effects of supportive intergenerational relationships, investigating the role of contextual factors in promoting or deterring the formation of intergenerational relationships between marginalized youth and the adults in their communities, and developing an intervention focused on enhancing positive intergenerational relationships between adolescents and the nonparental adults in their everyday lives. She is a William T. Grant Scholar, an NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and was recently recognized as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

 

Dr. Lisa Kiang is a Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver and completed NIMH-funded postdoctoral training at UCLA. Her research focuses on cultural identity and social relationships, with an emphasis on positive well-being in ethnically diverse and immigrant youth. Her research has been funded by the American Psychological Foundation, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. She is on the Editorial Board for a number of journals including the Journal of Youth and AdolescenceCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology. She is a long-time member of SRCD and was the Secretary of SRCD’s Asian Caucus from 2013-2017.

 


Dr. Jennifer Kotler Clark is the Vice President of Content Research & Evaluation at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and other educational initiatives for children. Jennifer leads a team conducting research projects across the globe focused on a variety of curricular areas (e.g. literacy, STEM, social-emotional well-being, executive function, health) across media platforms (television, web, apps, print materials). She also spearheads Sesame Workshop studies designed to illuminate issues important for children’s positive development. 

Jennifer graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Human Development from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is on a life-long mission to visit all units of the National Park Service, is an avid bird photographer, and often presents research in song. 

 

Dr. Russell Toomey is an Assistant Professor of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Toomey received his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention Research Center and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, and served on the faculty at Kent State University. Dr. Toomey’s research identifies malleable contextual (e.g., family, school) and individual-level (e.g., identity processes) factors that contribute to and mitigate health disparities experienced by marginalized adolescents in the United States. His research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) adolescents and Latin@ youth, and the culturally-relevant protective factors (e.g., ethnic-racial identity, Gay-Straight Alliances) that buffer these associations. Dr. Toomey’s current research integrates these two distinct – but conceptually similar – lines of research (i.e., LGBTQ youth and Latin@ youth), and focuses on how the amalgamation of individuals’ multiple marginalized identities contributes to their contextual experiences, health, and well-being. Dr. Toomey is Associate Editor for the Journal of Adolescent Research, and is a recipient of the Society for Research on Adolescence Young Investigator Award, a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award, and the University of Arizona Shirley O’Brien Diversity Award.

 

Tiffany Yip is a Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Applied Developmental Psychology doctoral program at Fordham University.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Cornell University, earned her MA and PhD in Psychology at NYU, and completed a NIMH and NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan.  Her research on ethnic identity, discrimination, and sleep among minority adolescents and young adults has been published in American PsychologistChild DevelopmentDevelopmental Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  Dr. Yip currently serves as an Associate Editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and the Asian American Journal of Psychology.  Dr. Yip is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and her research has been funded by NICHD, NIMHD, NIMH, and NSF.


GOVERNING COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Dr. Rashmita S. Mistry received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and completed postdoctoral training at the Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her research examines the consequences of family socioeconomic resources and disadvantage on children’s developmental outcomes; children’s understanding of social status and social identity (i.e., social class, race/ethnicity, nationality) development; and, the implications of school-level socioeconomic diversity on teaching, learning, and child development.  She has been an active member of SRCD for over two decades. She is a past member of the Interdisciplinary Committee and Treasurer of the Asian Caucus. She currently serves as Chair of the Equity & Justice Committee. In these capacities, she helped plan two highly successful SRCD pre-conferences: Pathways to Success for Junior and Mid-Career Faculty of Color, Preconference Workshop (2013) and the Inaugural Presidential Preconference on Equity and Justice in Developmental Science (2015).

 

SRCD SECC REPRESENTATIVE

Dr. Daisy E. Camacho-Thompson is a National Institute of Health T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the REACH Institute in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University. She graduated from the Psychology Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a concentration in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Diversity Science. Her research focuses on the academic achievement of underserved adolescents, with attention to social networks associated with academic resilience or desistance. Her dissertation focused on familial stress and parental involvement at school, home, and in organized after-school activities. Her postdoctoral work is examining the effects of a prevention program on parental involvement and academic socialization across adolescent development. She has served in several mentoring programs for underrepresented students, such as the Millennium Scholar Program, and both as the elected Latino Caucus student member and is currently the Social Media Manager for the Latino Caucus. She has received several service awards, the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, and an NICHD Diversity Supplement.


2015 Society for Research on Child Development Committee Meeting