Program Faculty

Aerika Brittian Loyd, PhD

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Program Coordinator, MEd Youth Development

Aerika Brittian Loyd, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an affiliate of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and the Center for Dissemination and Implementation in the Department of Medicine. As a developmental scientist, she investigates how social stressors and protective factors affect mental health and development in Black and Latinx youth, and she provides recommendations for culturally responsive youth practice, prevention, and policy.

Education

BA (Psychology): California State University, Fullerton
MA (Psychology): California State University, Fullerton
PhD (Child Study and Human Development): Tufts University

Youth Development Courses

  • EPSY 416: Systematic Approaches to Program Quality
  • EPSY 446: Characteristics of Early Adolescence
  • EPSY 517: Seminar in Urban Youth Development

Aisha Griffith, PhD

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Aisha Griffith, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on the development and function of supportive relationships between adolescents and non-parental adults within informal and formal learning contexts. She is particularly interested in the critical role of trust within youth-adult relationships and how these relationships support positive adolescent development. More broadly, she is committed to connecting research and practice on out-of-school time programming.

Education

BA, History, Northwestern University
MA, Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Youth Development Courses

  • EPSY 414:  Developing Programs for Youth in Urban Contexts
  • EPSY 446:  Characteristics of Early Adolescence

Stacey Horn, PhD

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Stacey S. Horn, PhD is a Professor of Educational and Developmental Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology, affiliate faculty member in Community Psychology and Prevention Research, and Founding Program Director for the M.Ed. program in Youth Development at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on issues of sexual prejudice among adolescents and adolescents’ reasoning about peer harassment.

Education

BA (English and Child Development): University of Minnesota
MAT (English):  St. Thomas University
PhD (Human Development): University of Maryland, College Park

Youth Development Courses

  • EPSY 413:  Youth Development Colloquium
  • EPSY 446: Characteristics of Early Adolescence
  • EPSY 518: Introduction to Professional Practice in Urban Youth Development
  • EPSY 528: Advanced Professional Practice in Urban Youth Development
  • ED 445:  Adolescence and Schools

Marisha Humphries, PhD

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Marisha L. Humphries, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Humphries’ research seeks to develop an integrated approach to studying African American children’s normative and prosocial development, and utilizing this basic research to create culturally and developmentally appropriate school-based behavior promotion programs. Her work examines African American children’s emotional and social competence, and the ways in which educational settings can support children’s development in this area. Due to her interest and experience in applied research, Dr. Humphries’ work considers the contextual and cultural factors associated with children, families, and schools.

Education

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
BS, Psychology, Howard University

Youth Development Courses

  • EPSY 420: Social Development of Urban Children

Dalal Katsiaficas, PhD

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Dalal Katsiaficas, PhD is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research focuses on exploring the social development of immigrant-origin youth in a variety of educational settings, with regards to the development of multiple identities and social and academic engagement.

Education

PhD (Human Development and Psychology): University of California, Los Angeles
BS (Applied Psychology): New York University

Youth Development Courses

  • ED 445: Adolescence and Schools