Emerging Scholar Spotlight

March Emerging Scholar Spotlight: Li Niu

Dr. Li Niu is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University in 2020. Before that, she received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and another Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. Dr. Niu’s research focuses on adolescence as a sensitive developmental period in which social and environmental factors play a critical role in shaping life-long health and wellbeing. She studies the influence of social and environmental contexts on adolescent wellbeing and health trajectories. 


What Is An Emerging Scholar?


  1. Coming into prominence
  2. To come into view or notice
  3. The rising generation


  1. A specialist in a given branch of knowledge
  2. A learned person
  3. A person who attends a school or studies under a teacher

*Adapted from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Emerging Scholar” is SRA’s term for all students and new professionals. If you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or a recent Ph.D., then you qualify as an emerging scholar.

SRA is committed to meeting the needs of emerging scholars. The Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC) is a group of students and new professionals who work to create and sustain opportunities for emerging scholars in society.

Emerging Scholar Resources / Opportunities

  • Professional development resources
  • Regular blog entries geared toward Emerging Scholar issues on topics such as the dissertation, post-docs, and the job search.
  • Conference Benefits
  • Activities at the biennial meeting specifically for Emerging Scholars
  • An Emerging Scholar Lounge at the Biennial Meeting
  • Reduced membership rates
  • FREE conference registration for students who volunteer during the Biennial Meeting
  • Opportunities for students to review conference submissions together with a mentor

We are continually working to enhance the experience of students and new professionals who are interested in adolescent research and practice.

Recently Spotlighted Emerging Scholars

March 2021 Li Niu  December 2020 Jeanine Grütter
November 2020 Michael A. Medina September 2020 Emily L. Robertson
June 2020 Kelli Dickerson May 2020 Natasha Duell
February 2020 Nkemka Anyiwo December 2019 Rachel Miller-Slough
 December 2018 Rachel Miller-Slough  August 2018 Kendall Johnson
 July 2018 Mollie McQuillan  June 2018 Mengya Xia
 April 2018 Chia-chen Yang  March 2018 Tayler Loiselle
 February 2018 Madeleine George  December 2017 Traci Kennedy
 November 2017 Nicole Fava  October 2017 Julie Cristello
 October 2017 Cait Cavanagh  June 2017 Haylee DeLuca
 March 2017 Amanda Griffin  December 2016 Traci Kennedy
 February 2016 Jackie Nesi  January 2016 Sophia Choukas-Bailey
 October 2015 Elisa Trucco  September 2015 Ryan Watson
 June 2015 Meghan Martz  February 2015 Jessie Rudi