S.H.I.E.L.D. Projects

Our primary line of research investigates the ways that racial-ethnic experiences across contexts are related to ethnic-racial minority youth’s emotional development. These projects allow us to develop culturally-relevant models of emotional development that are informed by the experiences of Black and Brown people. We have several research projects listed below which directly relate to this line of research.


Family Expression and Emotional Life Study (FEELS)

FEELS is a mixed method study designed to assess how ethnic-racial minority families think about and negotiate their emotional experiences generally and in the context of race-related experiences (racial socialization, racial discrimination, and racial identity development). Topics include: culture and race-related experiences, emotion-related skills, and beliefs about emotion. Findings from this study will be used to inform culturally-relevant models of emotional development and to develop culturally-relevant workshops on socioemotional development for families through local community organizations.


African American Beliefs and Emotions (AABE) Study

AABE is an online survey study which assesses racial identity, race-related experiences, beliefs about race, gender, and emotion, and emotion-related behaviors among African American college students. Findings from this study will demonstrate the ways in which race-related experiences on college campuses are associated with African American students’ emotional competence in campus settings.


Youth Experiences of Adolescent Homophobia (Y.E.A.H.)

In collaboration with Dr. Brendesha Tynes at the University of Southern California (USC), Y.E.A.H. examines accounts of adolescents’ experiences with homophobic cyberbullying. The data consists of open-ended survey responses, online interviews, and adolescents’ reports of websites that display homophobic content. Findings from this study will describe the features and contexts in which adolescents’ experiences of homophobic bullying occur.


african american parenting on race and emotion (Aapre)

AAPRE is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded mixed method study. The study investigates African American parents’ beliefs about race and emotion and the ways they respond to their adolescents’ emotions in the face of racial discrimination. Findings from this study expand current models of parental emotional socialization and racial socialization.