Open Science and Adolescent Research 2.0: A Conversation

Anne Petersen, PhD, Moderator
Founder and President, Global Philanthropy Alliance
Research Professor (Adjunct), University of Michigan
Life Course Development Program/Survey Research Center/ISR and ISD/College of Engineering
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About: Anne Petersen is Research Professor (Adjunct), University of Michigan, in two units. She is Founder/President of Global Philanthropy Alliance, a foundation making grants in Africa. Petersen held administrative and faculty roles at Stanford U, U Minnesota, Penn State U, and U Chicago. She was Senior VP Programs, WK Kellogg Foundation and US President-nominated/Senate-confirmed National Science Foundation Deputy Director/COO.

​Petersen authored 15 books and over 350 articles, currently emphasizing global science policy and philanthropy, with continuing emphases on adolescence/youth development and evaluation/research methods. Her honors include election to National Academy of Medicine (NASEM: National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine) and Fellow in several scientific societies including AAAS, ISSBD, APA (three divisions), and founding Fellow of APS. She co-founded Society of Research on Adolescence and was President of several scientific societies. She recently chaired NASEM Policy & Global Affairs Divisional Committee and the NASEM EnCoRe Committee, and is key faculty for two fellowship programs in Africa, among other US/global voluntary boards/committees. She is a member of the Templeton World Charity Foundation Board of Directors.

​All Petersen degrees are University of Chicago: BA mathematics, MS statistics, PhD measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis.

Mike Cunningham, PhD, Panelist
Professor, School of Science and Engineering
Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow 
Associate Provost, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Tulane University
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About: Professor Cunningham's primary research interests include examining adolescent development in diverse contexts. Specifically, he examines resilience and vulnerability in African American children and adolescents.

Moin Syed, PhD, Panelist 
McKnight Presidential Endowed Professor, Psychology
University of Minnesota
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About: I am a cultural and developmental psychologist who is associated with a personality graduate training program, and thus seek to bring a broad and integrated perspective to the study of psychology. My current focus is on meta-science and scientific reform, aiming to foster a deeper understanding of how we conduct psychological research, with the goal of improving our collective knowledge base. To this end, I pursue projects related to research methods, theory development, inference, open science, and history of psychology. I am particularly interested in pursuing these topics in a way that brings greater integration of racial/ethnic minority psychology with mainstream psychology.

Although not my primary focus, I do continue to engage in some lines of my substantive research on identity and personality development among adolescents and emerging adults from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, including work on master narratives and identity integration.

Eleanor Seaton, PhD, Panelist
Professor of Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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About: Dr. Eleanor K. Seaton is a product of the Great Migration with ancestral roots in the Mississippi delta, and hails from Chicago's Southside. Dr. Seaton earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Seaton also earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and completed post-doctoral work at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Seaton's research agenda focuses on culturally-relevant risk and protective factors, and their impact on mental health outcomes among Black American children, adolescents and young adults. For over two decades, Dr. Seaton's reserach has focused on the role of racism in the lives of Black youth. Recently, Dr. Seaton has expanded her research program with incorproation of physiological outcomes with racism related experiences to understand how “racism gets under the skin.” Dr. Seaton has also shifted downward to middle childhood to understand the intersection of pubertal development, race-ethnicity and gender among Black children and pre-adolescents. Dr. Seaton utilizes quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method and ecological momentary assessment techniques to conduct interdisciplinary research while relying on developmental, social psychological, public health, sociological and Black feminist theories. Dr. Seaton's ultimate goal is to uncover how racism related experiences at the individual level result in various societal disparities (e.g., health, educational, criminal justice, wealth) among the Black American population. Dr. Seaton is a former co-host of a television segment, titled Break it Down on AZ PBS where she discussed how racism impacts various facets of society.  Dr. Seaton has a tendency to journal, travel, bake desserts, shop, read, watch movies and dance to Chicago style house music when relaxing.

Gabriela Chavira, PhD, Panelist
Professor of Psychology
California State University, Northridge
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About: Gabriela Chavira is a professor of Psychology at California State University Northridge (CSUN). She earned her doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Currently, she is a principal investigator and student training core co-director of the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) undergraduate research training program, BUILD PODER, aimed at preparing historically underrepresented students for graduate studies. She uses Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a framework to engage over 300 undergraduate minoritized students in preparation for doctoral studies through year-long faculty mentored research. Her research is interdisciplinary examining the factors contributing to the well‐being and achievement of immigrant youth in the US. Gabriela started as an NIH MBRS undergraduate scholar (1995-97) at CSUN and is a passionate and committed advocate for student access and success. She received the campus-wide Don Dorsey Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2013 and the 2020 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Outstanding College/University Mentor Award.

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