Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood: Intrapersonal Strengths, Uncertainties, & Economic Contexts
Nancy E. Hill, Ph.D. is The Charles Bigelow Professor of Education at Harvard University and a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on parenting and adolescent development. She is the author of the recently published a book, "The End of Adolescence: The Lost Art of Delaying Adulthood," Harvard University Press, 2021, which focuses on the experiences and mindsets youth need as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. Professor Hill’s program of research focuses on two areas. First, she studies the ways in which demographic background interact and impact youths’ opportunities for upward mobility, especially through secondary school and postsecondary transitions. Second, her research focuses on the relational supports, especially familial, and mechanisms associated with adolescents’ emerging sense of purpose and views of the economy as they influence post-secondary transitions to college and career. Professor Hill’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals in the fields of developmental psychology and education, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Educational Psychology. She has edited five books in the areas of parenting and academic achievement during adolescence and among ethnic minority populations. Professor Hill was awarded the Ernest Hilgard Award for Lifetime contributions to psychology from Division 1 of the American Psychological Association. She was named to the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM; USA) Board on Children Youth and Families. She is President of the Society for Research in Child Development.