Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Concentration: "Development within Family, School, and Neighborhood Contexts"

Families, schools, and neighborhoods represent nested and inter-related contexts that dynamically influence and are influenced by developmental processes throughout the lifespan.  Faculty research focuses on understanding these dynamic influences with the goal of supporting the functioning of families, schools and neighborhood organizations in ways that optimize positive infant, child and adolescent development.

Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro conducts federally-funded research on character education programs aimed at promoting students’ prosocial attitudes and abilities as well as positive academic motivation through the meditational effects of changing school culture and teacher expectations.  She is also conducting research on the long-term effects of Just Community high schools, examining how their focus on democratic governance, civic engagement, and moral and social justice issues are instantiated in the current work lives, volunteer activities, and community engagement of alumni 21-55 years old. She is an editor of The Handbook of Prosocial Education (forthcoming, Rowman & Littlefield) that encompasses research and exemplary practices on the full range of education efforts to foster the prosocial development of children, adolescents, and youth, making the case it is co-equal with academic learning with guidelines for enhancing teacher education and clear implications for educational policy to radically improve our nation's schools. 

Joshua Brown’s research, funded by IES, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and NIMH, focuses on the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic development of children during middle childhood and adolescence, and whether and how school-based intervention can establish classroom and school contexts that foster positive development in each of these domains. 

Laura Stout Sosinsky’s research focuses on early childhood development in the contexts of parenting, child care, and early education, on the family, industry, and policy contributors to early care and education quality, and on parents’ decision-making processes concerning work and child care choices.

As Executive Director of the Society for Research in Child Development, Lonnie Sherrod conducts research on positive youth development and youth civic engagement.

Affiliated faculty member, David Glenwick's (Clinical Graduate Program) research addresses clinical prevention and early intervention efforts with children and adolescents. 

Affiliated faculty member, David Chabot (Clinical Graduate Program) examines family processes, and specifically how family members interact using different interpersonal operational styles. He developed the Chabot Emotional Pursuer-Distance Movement Scale which has been used to measure marital interactions in normal, clinical and ethnically different populations, and the Chabot Emotional Differentiation Scale to measure an individual's level of differentiation from the family unit and the launching of the young adult from the family.

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