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Social Context and Development Lab


We currently have several exciting projects going on in the lab.

Girls in Transition

The Girls in Transition Project is designed to help us understand girls in the juvenile justice system and the challenges they face. We are particularly interested in identifying the challenges girls face as they justice facilities, the types of support available to them in the facility and outside, and the commonalities and differences among the girls' personalities, genetic background, and social needs.

While this project is currently underway, we have presented preliminary results at the Colorado Coalition for Girls Annual Conference in 2009 and 2012, and anticipate further exciting results.

Transition to College Study

The International Students Project, also known as the Transition to College Study, was created to study how youth, and particularly international students, transition into college. In particular, we are interested in parent-child relationships, the effect of childhood and adolescent experience in predicting college adjustment, and how the transition into college is important for later adjustment.

In addition to the main projects, we have many research questions about adolescent development and social support that can also be answered with large longitudinal data sets, such as the Adolescent Health and National Educational Longitudinal Study.