BA: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence
MA: Advanced Human Development
PhD: Urban Politics
Areas of Expertise:
community psychology, urban poverty, youth development, education policy, program evaluation, school-community partnerships
After completing graduate school, I worked at Northwestern University as the director of the School-Community Linkages Project. I then conducted education policy analyses and program evaluations at Learning Point Associates in Naperville. After that I became Director of Research and Evaluation at After School Matters in Chicago. Before coming to National Louis, I was a project director at DePaul University.
PhD., Community Psychology, Michigan State University
BA, Psychology, University of Illinois - Urbana
Research and Interests:
I am currently working to implement a project called Pathways to Success. This project is designed to support the transition of high school students to post-secondary education. This education may include community college, four-year college or university, or career/technical training. The overall goal of the project is to equip young people with the skills that they need to compete in our economy, obtain sustainable employment, and escape or avoid poverty.
The project works at two levels. At the first level, in collaboration with school staff, the project involves components designed to support students as they explore post-secondary opportunities, apply to post-secondary institutions, and make the transition from high school to college or career/technical education. Activities at this level include student visits to local colleges and universities, technical schools, businesses, and community-based organizations. The project also includes the development of support systems to help students with the college/technical school application process and practical issues such as financial aid, housing, and social support. At the second level, the project seeks to make long-term, sustainable changes to our system of support for students by building relationships between staff at high schools, local colleges and universities, career and technical/training schools, employers, and other community-based organizations. The project is working with the Bronzeville Community Action Council, King College Preparatory High School, and Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, and is supported by a grant from National Louis University.