Youth-Nex People

Discover our team, our current job market candidates, and opportunities to join our work.

Youth-Nex is comprised of faculty, research associates, staff, graduate students and faculty affiliates. Youth-Nex affiliated faculty are from across the University of Virginia, including departments like Medicine, Psychology, and the College of Arts and Sciences. We also have partners and affiliates outside of the University. 

Employment Opportunities

Youth-Nex Employment: These positions are posted and managed by Youth-Nex.

Affiliated Employment at UVA: These positions are affiliated with Youth-Nex but managed by colleagues at UVA.

Youth-Nex Faculty

Derrick P Alridge

Derrick P. Alridge

  • Philip J. Gibson Professor of Education
  • Director, Center for Race and Public Education in the South
Bethany A Bell

Bethany A. Bell

  • Associate Professor
Jessika Bottiani

Jessika H. Bottiani

  • Research Associate Professor
Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine P. Bradshaw

  • Senior Associate Dean for Research
  • Professor
Chris Chang-Bacon

Chris Chang-Bacon

  • Assistant Professor
Sabrina J. Curtis

Sabrina J. Curtis

  • Assistant Professor
Katrina Debnam

Katrina Debnam

  • Associate Professor
Nancy L Deutsch

Nancy L. Deutsch

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Linda K. Bunker Professor of Education
  • Director, Youth-Nex
Shereen El Mallah

Shereen El Mallah

  • Research Assistant Professor
Alexis R. Harris

Alexis R. Harris

  • Research Assistant Professor
Natoya Hill Haskins

Natoya Hill Haskins

  • Associate Professor
  • Counselor Education Program Co-Director
Patricia Jennings

Patricia A. Jennings

  • Professor
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction Program Director
Wintre Foxworth Johnson

Wintre Foxworth Johnson

  • Assistant Professor
Melissa Levy

Melissa Levy

  • Associate Professor
  • Youth & Social Innovation Program Director
Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons

  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical & School Psychology Program Director
Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel

  • Research Assistant Professor
Amanda Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen

  • Research Associate Professor
Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Sara Rimm-Kaufman

  • Chair, Department of Education Leadership, Foundations and Policy
  • Commonwealth Professor of Education
Stephanie Rowley

Stephanie Rowley

  • Dean
  • William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Education
Ashlee Lester Sjogren

Ashlee Lester Sjogren

  • Research Assistant Professor
Lora Henderson Smith

Lora Henderson Smith

  • Assistant Professor
Naila A. Smith

Naila A. Smith

  • Assistant Professor
Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor

  • Associate Professor
Patrick Tolan

Patrick H. Tolan

  • Charles S. Robb Professor Emeritus of Education
Rachel L. Wahl

Rachel L. Wahl

  • Associate Professor
Krysti Webber

Kristina C. Webber

  • Associate Professor
Arthur L Weltman

Arthur L. Weltman

  • Professor of Kinesiology
  • Professor of Medicine
Jonee Wilson

Jonee Wilson

  • Assistant Professor
Faith Zabek

Faith A. Zabek

  • Research Assistant Professor
Katy Zeanah

Katy Zeanah

  • Interim Degree Coordinator, Ed.S. in School Psychology Program
  • School Mental Health Outreach Manager
  • Clinical & School Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor

Youth-Nex Professional Research Staff

Lex Budavari

Lex Budavari

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Jessica Forrester

Jessica Forrester

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Chelsea A Kaihoi

Chelsea Ann Kaihoi

  • Research Scientist
Pamela Nicholas-Hoff

Pamela Nicholas-Hoff

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Toshna Pandey

Toshna Pandey

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Meredith Powers headshot

Meredith Powers Franco

  • Research Associate

Youth-Nex Staff

Headshot of Jennifer Beasley

Jennifer Beasley

  • Education and Outreach Specialist/Implementation Coach
Katelyn Birchfield

Katelyn Birchfield

  • Program Coordinator and Implementation Support & Coaching Specialist
Leslie Booren

Leslie M. Booren

  • Associate Director for Communications & Operations, Youth-Nex
Sherry Bryant

Sherry Bryant

  • Program & Outreach Associate
Michelle Francis

Michelle Francis

  • Senior Data Manager
Abby Gillespie

Abby Gillespie

  • Director of Strategy and Engagement, Youth-Nex
Crystal Haislip

Crystal Haislip

  • Associate Director for Administration, Youth-Nex
Grace Kegley

Grace Kegley

  • Research Specialist

Hannah Frances Melton

  • Research Specialist
Ava Michael

Ava Michael

  • Project Coordinator
Martha Pullen

Martha Pullen

  • Finance Associate, Youth-Nex

Nicole E. Wolf

  • CSP Research Coordinator
Katy Zeanah

Katy Zeanah

  • Interim Degree Coordinator, Ed.S. in School Psychology Program
  • School Mental Health Outreach Manager
  • Clinical & School Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor

Youth-Nex Ph.D. Students

Noor Alwani headshot

Noor Alwani

  • Ph.D. Student
Maria Guzman Antelo

Maria Guzman Antelo

  • Ph.D. Student
Olivia Burke

Olivia Burke

  • Ph.D. Student
Simon Daniel

Simon Daniel

  • Ph.D. Student
Mandy Flores-Curley

Mandy Flores-Curley

  • Ph.D. Student
Natalie Hendrickson

Natalie Hendrickson

  • Ph.D. Student
Christopher Hu

Christopher Hu

  • Ph.D. Student
Jennifer Koide headshot

Jen Koide

  • Ph.D. Student
Meg Meldrum

Meg Meldrum

  • Ph.D. Student
Dana Sox

Dana Sox

  • Ph.D. Student
Allison Ward Seidel smiles at the camera.

Allison Rae Ward-Seidel

  • Ph.D. Student
Emily Warren headshot

Emily Warren

  • Ph.D. Student
Sophie Yitong Yue

Sophie Yitong Yue

  • Ph.D. Student

Affiliated Faculty

UVA Faculty Affiliates

As an interdisciplinary and cross-University center, Youth-Nex has numerous faculty affiliates across UVA.

Contact Us

Youth-Nex

Youth-Nex is a trans-disciplinary center with a translational approach to scholarship and innovation that is central to its work.