Promoting Adolescent Adjustment by Intervening in Ethnic-Racial Identity Development: Considering a Global Theory of Change
Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D. is a Professor at Harvard University in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on ethnic-racial identity development, which is guided by developmental and socio-cultural ecological frameworks to understand how youth and families influence and are influenced by their surrounding ecologies. Her research seeks to uncover how adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity development unfolds in the context of family, school, and communities, and the conditions under which it can serve as a resource that protects adolescents from culturally informed risk factors such as ethnic-racial discrimination. She developed the Identity Project intervention, a school-based curriculum, which has demonstrated promising results for increasing adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity exploration and resolution. Her scholarship has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Her books include: Below the Surface: Talking with Teens about Race, Ethnicity, and Identity (Princeton University Press); Studying Ethnic Identity: Methodological and Conceptual Approaches across Disciplines (American Psychology Association); and Studying Ethnic Minority and Economically Disadvantaged Populations (American Psychology Association).