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Aerika Brittian Loyd, PhD

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

3521 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (M/C 147), Chicago, IL 60607

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Aerika Brittian Loyd is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an affiliate of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. As a developmental scientist, she investigates how social stressors and protective factors affect mental health and development in African American and Latinx youth and families, and she provides recommendations for culturally informed youth practice, prevention, and policy. She has conducted research in the United States and in South Africa, and her research has been published in journals such as Developmental Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.


*Dr. Loyd is not accepting graduate students


2010 - PhD, Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
2007 - MA, California State University, Fullerton, Psychology
2004 - BA, California State University, Fullerton, Psychology; Child and Adolescent Studies (minor)

Research Currently in Progress

As a community-engaged developmental scientist, I utilize knowledge of developmental science and positive youth development as guiding frameworks to study the developmental experiences of adolescents and young adults of color (e.g., African American and Latinx), and how to improve settings that youth interact with (e.g., juvenile justice, youth programs). For updates about active research projects, follow links below:


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I am not only engaged in research but I am passionate about teaching and mentoring as well. In the College of Education, I teach courses in the Human Development and Learning and Youth Development programs. The best thing about being an educator is contributing to student’s knowledge and professional development and seeing students and mentees pursue graduate studies or enter respective careers. By the end of every course, I hope that students will share my appreciation of the topic and are able to apply human development concepts to their own work with youth.