Deborah Rivas-Drake, Ph.D.
Deborah Rivas-Drake, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context and Faculty Associate in Latino/a Studies. Together with the Contexts of Academic + Social Adjustment (CASA) Lab, Dr. Rivas-Drake examines how adolescents navigate issues related to race and ethnicity in peer and family settings and how these experiences inform their academic and socioemotional development. She seeks to illuminate promising practices that help set diverse young people on trajectories of positive contribution to their schools and communities. Her research has been published in the journals Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, and Journal of Youth and Adolescence, among others. Dr. Rivas-Drake recently completed a term as an associate editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and is currently an associate editor for Developmental Psychology. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and AERA Grants Program. She recently completed a Midcareer Grant awarded by the Spencer Foundation.