Ph.D. University of Michigan
Deborah Rivas-Drake's research is broadly concerned with how adolescents and young adults make sense of their place in society. She draws from developmental perspectives that attend to cultural and ecological/contextual factors and examines variation in processes both within and across diverse ethnic and racial groups, especially Latino and African American youth. Currently, one line of inquiry explores how schools, families, peers, and communities influence the development of ethnic and racial identity, and how such identities shape youths' academic and psychological outcomes. She is interested in, for instance, the ways in which parents' efforts to socialize their children around issues of ethnicity and race (i.e., ethnic-racial socialization) intersect with youths' own experiences outside the family context - such as when they experience discrimination in school and peer settings. Her work also examines the extent to which ethnic identity can buffer youth from the pernicious consequences of discrimination on academic and psychological outcomes. A second line of inquiry explores the contributions of contextual and individual factors in the educational attainment of Latino youth across diverse U.S. communities.
Rivas-Drake, D. (in press). Ethnic Identity and Adjustment: The Mediating Role of Sense of Community. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Neblett, E., Rivas-Drake, D., & Umaña-Taylor, A. (in press). The Promise of Racial and Ethnic Protective Factors in Promoting Ethnic Minority Youth Development. Child Development Perspectives.
O'Connor, C., Mueller, J., Lewis, R. L., Rivas-Drake, D., & Rosenberg, S. (2011). Being Black and Strategizing for Academic Excellence in a Racially Stratified Academic Hierarchy. American Educational Research Journal, 48, 1232-1257.
Rivas-Drake, D. (2011). Public Ethnic Regard and Academic Adjustment among Latino Adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(3), 537-544.
Rivas-Drake, D. (2011). Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Adjustment among Latino College Students: The Mediating Roles of Ethnic Centrality, Public Regard, and Perceived Barriers to Opportunity. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(5), 609-619.