Race and Youth Development

The Race and Youth Development Research (RaYDR) Group aims to generate and disseminate applied research and best practice interventions that promotes racial equity in outcomes among youth. This interdisciplinary team of researchers, educators, social workers, medical professionals, and psychologists has developed and conducted some of the nation’s premier work on African American youth development, particularly as it pertains to racial socialization, parent supports, and school discipline experiences. The efforts of this group are made possible through generous funding and research partnerships with the Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Study at Children’s Hospital, the Institute of Educational Sciences, the Pitt SEED grant, and the RK Mellon Foundation.

PI: James P. Huguley
School of Social Work
Co-PI: Ming-Te Wang
School of Education
Co-PI: John M. Wallace, Jr.
School of Social Work
Co-PI: Kyndra Cleveland
School of Social Work
Co-I: Debby Moon
School of Social Work
Co-I: Kaleab Abebe
School of Medicine
Co-I: Liz Miller
UPMC Children's Hospital
Co-I: Paula Powe
Department of Psychiatry
Research Coordinator: 
Rachelle Haynik
School of Social Work
Doctoral Fellow: 
Dashawna Fussell-Ware
School of Social Work
Doctoral Fellow: 
Cecily Davis
School of Social Work
Doctoral Fellow:
Bianca DeBellis
School of Social Work 

Research Assistant
Monica Henderson
School of Public Health


Additional Resources


Riana Elyse Anderson PhD, LCP, University of Michigan School of Public Health. Healing Racial Trauma: Racial Socialization as a Clinical Strategy for Black Youth. View Video of Lecture > >

James P. Huguley, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color and Students with Disabilities. View Video of Lecture > > 

John Diamond, Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Reframing Suburbs: Examining Issues of Racial Equity in Suburban Schools. View Video of Lecture > >


Michael A Lindsey. Executive Director, NYU McSilver Institute, NYU Silver School of Social Work, New York University, and Aspen Health Innovator Fellow, The Aspen Institute. “Ring the Alarm: A Mental Health Crisis of Black Youth.”  View Video of Lecture > >

Desmond Patton Ph.D., Colombia University School of Social Work. Confronting Racial bias in the Use of Social Media Data and Al Tools for Gun Violence Prevention. View Video of Lecture > >

Daren Graves, Simmons University, & Scott Seider, Boston College. Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice. View Video of Lecture > >


Littisha Bates Ph.D., University of Cincinati. Navigating Schools Inequality: How Parents Pursue Magnet School AdmissionsView Video of Lecture > >

Kevin Thomas Ph.D., Pennsylvania State Univesity. Parental Human-Capital, Low Skilled Jobs, and Racial Disparities in Child Poverty in Immigrant FamiliesView Video of Lecture > >


Orlando Patterson, Ph.D., Harvard University. Try On the Outfit and Just See How It Works: The Psychocultural Responses of Disconnected Black Youth to Work. View Video of Lecture > >


David J. Herring J.D., University of Pittsburgh: School of Law. The Multiethnic Placement Act: Threat to Foster Child Safety and Well-being? View Video of Lecture >>

Sara Goodkind, Ph.D., Jeffrey Shook, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Aging Out of the Child Welfare System in Allegheny County: Race, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, and Justice System Involvement. View Video of Lecture > >

Paul Toro, Ph.D., Wayne State University. Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Developmental Outcomes and Intervention Approaches. View Video of Lecture > >

David Sanders, Ph.D., Casey Family Programs. System Change that Works for Children of All Races. View Video of Lecture > >

Patricia Edwards Ph.D. Michigan State University. Interventions the Enhance Parental Involvement in Literacy. View Video of Lecture > >

Mavis Sanders, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Community Support for African American Parental Involvement in Education. View Video of Lecture > >


Ronald B. Mincy, Ph.D., Colombia University School of Social Work. The Experiences of Black Fathers with Low Incomes. View Video of Lecture > >

Andrew J. Cherlin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Post-Welfare Outcomes for African Americans and Hispanics. View Video of Lecture > >

John Wallace, Ph.D., Michael Yonas, DrPH, MPH., University of Pittsburgh. Violence, Race/Ethnicity, and American Youth. View Video of Lecture > >

Chaz Puzzanchera, National Center for Juvenile Justice. The Juvenile Justice System's Response to Youth Violence. View Video of Lecture > >

Michael Yonas, Ph.D., John Wallace, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Social  Work, UPMC/Family Medicine. Violence, Race/ Ethnicity, and American Youth: Patterns, Trends and Correlates. View Video of Lecture > >

Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Family Prevention Thourgh Kinship Care. Video of Lecture > >

Marcia Sturdivant, Ph.D., Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED). Permanency Planning for Children of Color in Allegheny County. Video of Lecture > >

Ann E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Concordia University Texas. Kinship Care: African American Adolescent’s Perceptions. Video of Lecture > >

Oscar Barbarin, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park. Indicators of Mental Health Among African American Children. Video of Lecture > >

Charma D. Dudley, Ph.D., FPPR., Beacon Health Options. Common Mental Health Concerns, Disparities & Risk Factors in African American Youth. View Video of Lecture > >

David B. Miller, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H., Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Effects of Chronic Stress on Urban Adolescents' Mental Health. View Video of Lecture > >

Michael Spancer, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Barriers to Mental Health Service Use by Children and Families of Color. View Video of Lecture > >


Linda Raffaele Mendez Ph.D., University of South Florida. School Discipline in Ecological Context and Actions to Reduce Disparities. View Video of Lecture > >


Richard Schulz Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology. Enhancing the Quality of Life of Latino, Black and White Dementia Caregivers: The REACH II Randomized Controlled Trial. View Video of Lecture > >

Rolf Loeber Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Race Differences in Violence, Risk Factors, and the Explanation of Disproportionate Minority Representation in the Justice System. View Video of Lecture > >

Alfred Blumstein Ph.D., Carnegie Melon: Heinz College. Race, Crime and Community Response-- Measurement of Community Characteristics, Pt 2. View Video of Lecture > >

Ruth McRoy Ph.D., Boston College. Disproportionality: Overview and Research MethodsView Video of Lecture > >

Helen Cahalane Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Race and Permanence. View Video of Lecture > >

Marcia Sturdivant Ph.D., Allegheny Department of Human Service. The Pittsburgh Region: Local Issues and Policy and Practice Options. View Video of Lecture > >

Carol Wilson Spigner MSW, University of Pennsylvania. Current Challenges and Initiatives. View Video of Lecture > >


Dalton Conley Ph.D., New York University. The Family Home as Level Playing Field--Not. View Video of Lecture > >

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