I am a William T. Grant postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology’s Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development Lab and the Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. I earned my Ph.D. in Human and Community Development from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. My research broadly focuses on the development and function of supportive relationships between youth and non-parental adults within contexts serving youth, with a goal of sharing findings with practitioners. Specific research interests include:
- The function and development of trusting relationships within informal and formal educational contexts;
- Leveraging supportive youth-adult relationships to increase youth’s sense of belonging and reduce inequality;
- Relational processes within youth-serving organizations in the U.S. and abroad;
- Adolescent development;
- Youth programs and extracurricular activities;
- Conducting and disseminating research driven by the priorities of practitioners working with youth.
- Griffith, A. N. (2016). Trajectories of trust within the youth program context. Qualitative Psychology, 3(1), 98-119.http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/qua/3/1/98/?_ga=1.22159803.1629767645.14...
- Griffith, A. N. & Larson, R. W. (2015). Why trust matters: How confidence in leaders transforms what adolescents gain from youth programs. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Advance online
- publication. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jora.12230/abstract
- Raffaelli, M., Armstrong, J., Tran, S. P., Griffith, A. N., Walker, K., & Gutierrez, V. (In press). Beyond paper and pencil: Conducting computer-assisted data collection with adolescents in group settings. Journal of Adolescence.
- Griffith, A. & Larson, R. W. (2014). Dealing with moms and dads: Family dilemmas encountered by youth program leaders. Journal of Youth Development, 9(2), 34-51. http://youthdev.illinois.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/dealing-with-mom...
- Salusky, I., Larson, R., Griffith, A., Wu, J.,Raffaelli, M., Sugimura, N., & Guzman, M. (2014). How adolescents develop responsibility: What can be learned from youth programs. Journal of
- Research on Adolescence, 24, 417-430.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jora.12118/abstract
Recent Conference Presentations
- Negrate, A., Griffith, A., & Hurd, N.M. (July 2016). Examining natural mentoring relationships among underrepresented college students over time. Presentation to be given at the Society for
- the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race Conference,Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Palo Alto, CA.
- Griffith, A. & Johnson, H. E. (April 2016). Building trust: Reflections of adults working with youth in project-based programs. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the American
- Educational Research Association. Washington D.C.
- Griffith, A. (May 2015). Employing theoretical sampling to inform a grounded theory model of trust formation in youth programs. Presentation given at the International Congress of
- Qualitative Inquiry. Champaign, IL.
- Griffith, A., Larson, R., Johnson, H., & Silver, N. (May 2015). The art of providing feedback in project-based youth programs. Poster presented at the University of Virginia Annual
- Postdoctoral Research Symposium. Charlottesville, VA.
- Griffith, A. (March 2015). Adolescents’ initial perceptions of adult leaders at youth programs. Poster presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research on Child Development.
- Philadelphia, PA.