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How mentors can support antiracist action in youth with Noelle Hurd

Release date: May 13, 2024

Mentors have come up before on Talking About Kids, but the work of my guest today, Noelle Hurd, challenges more traditional notions of how mentors are identified and recruited and their role in the life of a kid, especially a racially or ethnically marginalized one. Noelle is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where she also runs the Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development (PHAD) Lab. More information about Noelle is below.

Biography of Noelle Hurd

Dr. Noelle Hurd's research agenda has primarily focused on the promotion of healthy development among marginalized adolescents and emerging adults. Specifically, her work has focused on identifying opportunities to build on pre-existing strengths in youths’ lives, such as supportive intergenerational relationships. Increasingly, her work also has focused on opportunities to disrupt systems of oppression. She runs the Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development (PHAD) Lab at the University of Virginia. She is a former William T. Grant Scholar and a Spencer/National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2015, she was recognized as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. In 2017, she received the Outstanding Professor Award from the UVA Department of Psychology. In 2019, she served as a Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow. In 2021, she received the Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award from the UVA Department of Psychology. From 2018 to 2023, she served as the Scully Family Discovery Associate Professor of Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a fellow of the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27). Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences.


Noelle Hurd

Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development (PHAD) Lab




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