Deborah Rivas-Drake

Associate Professor, School of Education; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Deborah  Rivas-Drake, School of Education

Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake is associate professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Contexts of Academic and Social Adjustment (CASA) Lab. Together with the CASA Lab, Dr. Rivas-Drake is exploring how schools, families, peers, and communities influence the development of ethnic and racial identity, and how such identities shape youths’ academic and psychological outcomes. For instance, Dr. Rivas-Drake is interested in 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 most recent research examines the role of friendships in school and parent-adolescent relationships in shaping ethnic-racial identity and academic outcomes over time. Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, American Educational Research Journal, and Journal of Research on Adolescence. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Rivas-Drake was an assistant professor at Brown University and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at New York University.

Access the Contexts of Academic and Social Adjustment (CASA) Lab website.

Access Rivas-Drake's Google Scholar citations page.

Rivas-Drake teaches courses in the following program(s):
Combined Program in Education and Psychology


Selected Publications

Rivas-Drake, D., Umaña-Taylor, A., Schaefer, D., & Medina, M. (in press). “Ethnic-racial identity and friendships in early adolescence.” Child Development.

Santos, C., Kornienko, C., & Rivas-Drake, D. (in press). “Peer network influence on ethnic-racial identity development: A multi-site investigation.” Child Development.

Witherspoon, D., Seaton, E., & Rivas-Drake, D. (in press). “Neighborhood influences on awareness of racial discrimination from adolescence to young adulthood.” Child Development.

Guillaume, C., Jagers, R., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2015).“Middle school as a developmental niche for civic engagement.” American Journal of Community Psychology, 56(3), 321-331.

Rivas-Drake, D., Syed, M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Markstrom, C., French, S., Schwartz, S. J., Lee, R. M., & ERI Study Group. (2014). “Feeling good, happy, and proud: A meta-analysis of positive ethnic-racial affect and adjustment among diverse youth.” Child Development, 85(1), 77-102. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12175.

Rivas-Drake, D., Seaton, E., Markstrom, C., Schwartz, S. J., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., French, S., Syed, M., Yip, T., Lee, R. M., & ERI Study Group. (2014). “Ethnic and racial identity in adolescence: Implications for psychosocial, academic, and health outcomes.” Child Development, 85(1), 40-57. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12200.

Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Quintana, S. M., Lee, R. M., Cross, W. E., Rivas-Drake, D., Schwartz, S., Syed, M., Yip, T., Seaton, E., & ERI Study Group. (2014). “Ethnic and racial identity during adolescence and into young adulthood: An integrated conceptualization.” Child Development, 85(1), 21-39. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12196.

Schwartz, S., Syed, M., Yip, T., Knight, G., Umaña-Taylor, A., Rivas-Drake, D., Lee, R. M., & ERI Study Group. (2014). “Methodological issues in ethnic and racial identity research: Theoretical precision, measurement issues, and research designs.” Child Development, 85(1), 58-76. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12201.

Rivas-Drake, D. & Witherspoon, D. (2013). “Racial identity from adolescence to young adulthood: Does prior neighborhood experience matter?” Child Development, 84(6), 1918-1932.

See also: Rivas-Drake's Google Scholar Citations page.




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