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Youth Development in Diverse Contexts

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Fordham's lab of Youth Development in Diverse Contexts (YDDC) examines the influence of various daily life experiences on developmental outcomes for youth and adolescents. We aim to understand the role of identity development, stress, and diverse contextual factors in determining psychosocial and academic trajectories for minority youth. YDDC research takes an ecosystemic approach, examining not only the role of racial experiences, but of many other factors on wellbeing, allowing for the development of a more holistic picture of youth functioning.

If you are an incoming first-year undergraduate at Fordham University, please view our Participation page. Click here to get started with the presurvey. Click here to access the online consent form. For information about the lab’s research projects, equipment, publications, members, or feedback from our student participants, please browse the website.  Feel free to contact us with any questions via phone (718) 817-5828 or email /

21st Annual STEP Statewide Conference 2019 Photo with two students
21st Annual STEP Statewide Conference 2019

21st Annual STEP Statewide Conference 2019 -- Albany, NY. This three-day conference hosts a variety of Science and Technology activities and events for aspiring STEM field high school students.  STEP students Jessica Figueroa and Ayooluwa Akintayo presented their poster “Exploring the Association Between Social Support, Racial/Ethnic Background, and Academic Performance”, winning 2nd place among 60+ posters in the Senior Division of the Social Science category of the Student Research Poster Competition.

YDDC - 2016 Division 45 Conference

(l. to r.) Bridgette, Jennefer, Sandra, Yijie and Sheena presenting at the 2016 Division 45 conference at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA