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Mentoring: Expert Voices on New Research and Best Practices

January is National Mentoring Month, and researchers at the UVA School of Education and Human Development are contributing to a rapidly growing body of research on how and why effective mentoring works. The School is also home to a number of mentoring programs, including one launched by an undergraduate student. See below to learn more about the many ways that the School is advancing mentoring efforts to support positive youth development.

 

4 Things Your Teen (or Pre-Teen) Needs

Build stronger relationships with the teens and pre-teens in your life by understanding these four underlying developmental needs that drive adolescent behavior.

 

School mental health

UVA Leads Virginia’s New Plan to Improve Mental Health in K-12 Schools

A statewide partnership aims to build a well-connected network of school mental health professionals by pairing graduate trainees with under-resourced school divisions.

 

Youth-Nex Faculty Profile: 5 Questions with Prof. Smith

Chauncey Smith, an assistant professor at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, discusses his approach to youth development and innovation and his work to understand youth’s sociopolitical development.

 

Filip Loncke (left) and April Salerno (right)

'Hidden in Plain Sight': Exploring Linguistic Diversity at UVA

A new cross-disciplinary project seeks to explore and celebrate linguistic diversity within the University student body, bringing an overlooked resource to the surface.

 

Adolescence Can Help Unlock Autism Diagnosis in Girls

A Curry School researcher is working on a study aimed at improving the social skills of teen girls with autism, who tend to be diagnosed later than boys.

 

Survey: Most VA High Schoolers Agree SROs Make Them Feel Safer, Some Disagree

While most Virginia 9th through 12th grade students and staff agree that school resource officers make them feel safer, students answered both that question and others differently by racial and ethnic group.

 

UVA professors Joanna Williams, Richard Bonnie and Nancy Deutsch

Is Your Adolescent Getting Enough Sleep? 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

Social, academic and biological pressures are just a few of the factors that are pushing adolescents to go bed later and later, according to Curry School professor Joanna Lee Williams.

 

Faculty Spotlight: How Hoops Was a Sanctuary for This UVA Professor

As a child whose family was hurt by addiction, basketball was an outlet for UVA associate professor Joseph Williams. His life experiences are now a driving force behind his research.

 

Letting Children Play Hooky When They're Little Can Have Long-Term Consequences

When it comes to school attendance, how many missed days are too many? UVA Today asked Robert C. Pianta, the dean of the Curry School.

 

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Joseph Williams' research aims to understand why students succeed despite adversity. (Photo by Jeneene Chatowsky.)

 

EP-ADS Graduate Student Lands NCAA Research Grant to Study Black Women Student-Athletes

Miray Seward, a doctoral student studying educational psychology-applied developmental science, will study the lived experiences of Black women student-athletes with a newly awarded NCAA research grant.

 

Bianka Charity-Parker

For This Aspiring Psychologist, Life Experience Became an Academic Passion

Doctoral student Bianka Charity-Parker draws on her unusual life experiences, both the good and the challenging, to inform her research.

 

Q&A: Understanding Adolescence in 2019

As Youth-Nex celebrates its 10th anniversary, two leading researchers on youth development break down how our understanding of adolescence has evolved over the past decade and what today’s teens need most from the adults in their lives.

 

Johari Harris

Q&A: How Developing Moral Reasoning in Youth Helps Create a Better Democracy

As we approach the Youth-Nex 7th Conference, co-chair Johari Harris shares more about her work on equity, civil engagement and social justice.

 

UVA’s Youth-Nex to Host Annual Conference on Dialogue and Democracy Nov. 12-13

On November 12-13th, 2019, Youth-Nex will host its 7th annual conference, “Dialoging for Democracy: Youth Moral Reasoning and Social Justice” (#YouthAct19).

 

New Equity Center Aims to Create Thriving University-Community Partnerships

The UVA Equity Center, with Curry School professor Nancy Deutsch as a faculty director, will foster partnerships between Charlottesville-area community leaders and University faculty.

 

3 Ways to Become a Better Mentor

Michael Lyons, a school psychologist at UVA’s Curry School of Education and Human Development who has been researching mentoring for years, shares important advice.

 

Q&A: ‘The Hate U Give’ Offers Valuable Lessons in Media Stereotypes

We sat down with assistant professor Valerie Adams-Bass, who researches negative media stereotypes of African American youth, to discuss how “The Hate U Give” provides a unique teaching opportunity for students.

 

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