Welcome to the African American Youth Development (AAYD) Research Lab!
Although many of the factors contributing to youth development are the same for all youth, there may be distinct factors that relate to the successful development of African American youth. Using culturally-relevant conceptual and theoretical frameworks, the African American Youth Development (AAYD) Research Lab explores the ways in which families, schools, and communities influence positive development among African American youth (educational-related outcomes; psychological adjustment; health behaviors). Given that these influential factors and underlying processes may vary across the life-span, the AAYD Lab examines these relationships within the larger developmental context (e.g., pre-adolescence, adolescence; emerging adulthood).
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"AAYD Lab will be moving to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you are interested in applying for admission to the doctoral program (2017-2018 academic year) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please contact Dr. Cooper."