Center for School-Based Youth Development

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Founded in 2002, these reports provide annual summaries of the research projects, grants, publications, and presentations by center researchers during the past five years.

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Faculty and Affiliated Researchers

Erin Dowdy, Ph.D.   edowdy@education.ucsb.edu  web link

Erin is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara.  She is interested in behavioral assessment, prevention, early intervention, and screening for complete mental health. Specifically, she investigates screening techniques and how to use results to inform and improve upon prevention and early intervention services for use in schools.

Erika Felix, Ph.D.   efelix@education.ucsb.edu  web link

Erika is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Her research interests include school bullying and peer victimization, disaster mental health, and school-based prevention and intervention services for youth. Dr. Felix received her Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from DePaul University. Dr. Felix has co-authored several scholarly publications and presentations in the areas of peer victimization, disaster mental health, preventive interventions for youth, and program evaluation. Dr. Felix has lectured locally and internationally on trauma and mental health services for youth. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Michael Furlong, Ph.D. (Director)  mfurlong@education.ucsb.edu  web Link

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Furlong2/publications 

Mike is a professor in the Department of Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 16, School Psychology) and the American Educational Research Association and served as the Editor of the Journal of School Violence and a co-editor of the Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools (2009, 2014).

Karen Nylund-Gibson, Ph.D.   knylund@education.ucsb.edu  web link

Karen is an assistant professor of quantitative research methodology in the Department of Education. She has been at UCSB since 2009. Prior to joining the department, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA, working with Bengt Muthen. Her research focus is on latent variable models, specifically mixture models and she has published many articles and book chapters on developments, best practices, and applications of latent class analysis, latent transition analysis, and growth mixture modeling.

 Michela Lenzi, Ph.D.      michela.lenzi@gmail.com

Michela Lenzi received her Ph.D. in Developmental and Social Psychology from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2011, with a dissertation entitled  “Neighborhood context and civic development: The role of neighborhood social and structural features in promoting adolescent civic engagement”. Then, she held a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the same Department, while teaching Community Psychology at the Department of Education. Research interests include civic development in adolescence, neighborhood social capital and social inequalities and well-being. Her recent research is focused on identifying school predictors of gang membership adopting a Community Psychology perspective and on evaluating the Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109), especially in terms of reduced recidivism. She is member of the Italian Association of Community Psychology (SIPCO). Since 2008 she is member of the international research group “Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC),” coordinated by the World Health Organization.

 Matt Quirk, Ph.D.   mquirk@education.ucsb.edu    web link

Matt is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Dr. Quirk’s ongoing research focuses on student's academic motivation and engagement, early literacy development, and school readiness with a specific focus on Latino/a and English learner student populations. Most of his recent work has focused primarily on kindergarten screening to identify students who might benefit most from early and targeted academic and social-emotional supports.

Jill Sharkey, Ph.D.   jsharkey@education.ucsb.edu    web link

Jill’s research centers on promoting student engagement for all children and primarily for children who have experienced a variety of personal, family, and community risk factors. In particular, she is focused on understanding optimal family, school, and community response to youth at risk. Her recent contracts and grants have included examining school response to youths at-risk for gang involvement, innovation in juvenile justice response to females on probation, and evaluation of reentry services to promote positive outcomes for probationers. Dr. Sharkey is also interested in understanding the impact of bullying and the stigma of bullying on psychosocial functioning. Furthermore, she is passionate about transforming school systems to respond to students with challenging behavior with restorative rather than exclusionary approaches.

 Antoniya Terzieva, B.A.     aterzieva@education.ucsb.edu    web link

Antoniya is an assistant research specialist at the Center for School-Based Youth Development at UC Santa Barbara. She works on two early childhood research and program evaluation projects – First 5 Santa Barbara County and THRIVE Santa Barbara County. Terzieva received her B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University in May 2010. She also has a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. While at Colgate University, she worked as a Research Assistant for several professors, including Professor Kevin Carlsmith’s Punishment Motives Lab and Professor Landon Reid’s Racism, Experience, and Perception Lab. Her research interests include school-based interventions, school readiness, close relationships, marriage, and couples’ therapy. Antoniya is also interested in eventually pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology. She is a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

 Sukkyung You, Ph.D.   Sukkyung@education.ucsb.edu

Sukkyung is an associate professor in College of Education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea. She received her doctorate in Education from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her scholarly publications and conference presentations have focused on risk assessment, prediction of antisocial behavior, gender and ethnic differences in emotional and behavioral problems, developmental pathways of psychopathology, school violence, and positive school psychology. Dr. You is a frequent collaborator on SCBYD projects and publications.

 Ida Frugård Strøm, Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies   

Ida is a visiting scholar and PhD student from Norway, working as a research fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS). In 2014, during the last year of her PhD, she came to UCSB for an exchange stay at the CSBYD. Her research interests are exposure to violence and bullying and subsequent long-term consequences.

Student Researchers

Katherine Carnazzo is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department at UCSB with an interest is school-based complete mental health screening and related services to promote social emotional development. kwcarnazzo@gmail.com

Danielle Dougherty is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Department at UCSB. She is interested in researching risk and resiliency in children and ways to assess and promote social and emotional well-being of students in schools. She is also involved in evaluations of programs designed to reduce recidivism. ddougherty@education.ucsb.edu

Aileen Fullchange is a doctoral student the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department at UCSB. A schoolteacher, she is interested in the role of teacher and student empathy on classroom dynamics and student achievement. aileenbean@gmail.com

Kayleigh Hunnicutt is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Department at UCSB.  Her past and present research interests include topics in: adolescent engagement in high-risk behaviors, school contextual and relational influences on child/adolescent behavior and well-being, and program evaluation. kwelsh@education.ucsb.edu

Tereasa Igaz is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Department at UCSB. tmigaz@gmail.com

Eui Kim is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department at UCSB. She is conducting research on the social emotional health and bullying experiences of Korean students. euikim86@gmail.com

Ashley Mayworm is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology Department at UCSB. Her dissertation will focus on using multilevel latent class analysis to identify school discipline climate types and examine their relation to student misbehavior and rates of suspension/expulsion.  ashley.mayworm@gmail.com

Stephanie Mendez is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department at UCSB with an interest in digital gaming and social skills development sadams@education.ucsb.edu

Stephanie Moore is a doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department at UCSB. She is interested in researching risk and protective factors with an emphasis on understanding the developmental trajectories of students’ risks and strengths and implications for student academic outcomes and socioemotional functioning. smoore@education.ucsb.edu

Oscar Widales-Benitez is a student in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department at UCSB. His research interests include school based mental health, coping and trauma, and resilience and its relation to the academic success of students dealing with chronic health issues. owidales@education.ucsb.edu

Research Partners

The CSBYD is grateful to the many colleagues, community agencies, public agencies, teachers, administrators, parents, and students without whose collaboration the Center could not do its work and seek to make a contribution to science and enhanced developmental outcomes for all youths. We express special thanks to our core long-term research partners:

  • Greg Austin, Ph.D., WestEd, Los Alamitos, California
  • Peter Boman, Ph.D., Queensland University of Technology
  • Bibliana Bovery, M. A., School Psychologist, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Jennifer Grief Green, Ph.D., Boston University
  • Thomas Hanson, Ph.D., WestEd, Los Alamitos, California
  • Seung-yeon Lee, Ph.D, Ewa Womans University, Korea
  • Cesar Merino, M.Psy., Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima, Peru
  • Stacy O’Farrell, Ph.D., Santa Cruz City Schools
  • Meagan O’Malley, Ph.D., WestEd, San Francisco, California
  • Tyler Renshaw, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • Douglas Smith, Ph.D., Southern Oregon University    
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