Faculty & Staff

Aisha N. Griffith, PhD

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Human and Community Development (renamed Human Development and Family Studies), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human and Community Development

B.A., History, Northwestern University 

Selected Publications

Griffith, A. N., Hurd, N. M., & Hussain, S.B. (2017). “I didn’t come to school for this”: A qualitative examination of experiences with race-related stressors and coping responses among Black students attending a predominantly White institution. November 21, 2017, Journal of Adolescent Research. (Authors equally contributed to the manuscript).

Griffith, A.N., Larson, R.W., & Johnson, H.E. (2017). How trust grows: Teenagers’ accounts of forming trust in youth program staff. Qualitative Psychology. Advance online publication.

Griffith, A. N. & Larson, R. W. (2016). Why trust matters: How confidence in leaders transforms what adolescents gain from youth programs. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 26(4), 790-804.  

Griffith, A. N. (2016). Trajectories of trust within the youth program context. Qualitative Psychology. 3(1), 98-119.  

Courses Taught

446 Characteristics of Early Adolescence

  • ED 210 or ED 421 or ED 422 or PSCH 422 or the equivalent
  • Approval of the College of Education; or admission to the Ph.D. in Psychology program; or consent of the instructor.

Physiological, social, emotional and cognitive development of early adolescence. The relationship between these developmental characteristics and success in the middle grades. Same as PSCH 423.