Aerika S Shiree Brittian Shire Shiree Brittian Brittian

    Email Address: brittian@uic.edu
    College: Education Department: Educational Psychology
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: EPASW 3521 Phone: 3129969478
    Webpage: http://education.uic.edu/content/aerika-brittian-phd
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    ADAPT Lab research projects investigate how positive development occurs among urban adolescents of color in youth settings: juvenile justice, youth programs, and public schools. We are investigating complex relationships that exist between ethnic minority youth and their environment in order to understand how positive development among urban youth of color occurs. For example, how do ethnic minority youth navigate and construct their identities in urban schools, neighborhoods, and communities? How and in what ways do various social contexts impact positive identity development among urban ethnic minority adolescents? A second goal of ADAPT Lab research is to provide resources and make recommendations for culturally informed practice and policy, specifically related to adolescent's health and well-being. Active research projects:

    *Adolescents’ Resilience through Action and Culture (ARAC)

    *Restorative Justice in Schools

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Sophomore or Junior standing. Must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and majoring in human development, education, psychology (or a related discipline). Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue graduate school or have experience working with youth in youth settings. Experience with Microsoft office is required.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students will be engaged in the following research activities:
    • Assisting in conducting literature reviews
    • Preparing print documents and flyers using Microsoft Word
    • Assisting with youth organization contact and recruitment
    • Collecting and entering data from human participants

    • Students will acquire skills (e.g., develop presentation skills by participating in the Student Research Forum) and knowledge (e.g., adolescent development) that may assist them in their future career aspirations or pursuit of graduate training.

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