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Cooper, Shauna
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina 

University of South Carolina
Department of Psychology
Barnwell 554, Room 224

Areas of Research: How socio-contextual factors, such as gender and social context (e.g., experiences with racial discrimination) affect parental socialization in African American families as well as their relation to the developmental and educational outcomes of African American adolescents.
Links:  Profile


Hedrick, Amy
Assistant Professor and Chapter Advisor of Psi Chi, Lenoir Rhyne University 

Lenoir Rhyne University
Department of Psychology
Mauney 303
Hickory, NC 28601

Areas of Research: Cognitive development in early childhood with a focus on the various social exchanges and individual child factors that influence cognition and learning.


Howard, Lionel
Assistant Professor of Education Research, George Washington University

George Washington University
2134 G Street, NW
Room 113
Washington, DC 20052

Areas of Research
: Broadly, his research includes gender identity development, motivation and academic achievement, and both qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Kaplan, Rachel
Data Project Coordinator

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
CB #8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599



Smalls, Ciara
Assistant Professor, Georgia State University

Georgia State University
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 5010
Atlanta, GA 30302

Areas of Research:  Racial risk and resilience properties of African-American children’s lives.  Family and child gender as social contexts that impact the relationship between risk or resilience and African-American adolescent achievement.