Noelle Hurd

Assistant Professor

Office Address

201 Gilmer Hall

Office Hours:
Tue: 2:00-4:00


Dr. Noelle Hurd's research agenda has primarily focused on the promotion of healthy adolescent development among marginalized youth.  Specifically, her work has focused on identifying opportunities to build on pre-existing strengths in youths’ lives, such as supportive intergenerational relationships. Using a resilience framework, she has assessed the potential of nonparental adults to serve as resources to marginalized youth, and she has investigated the processes through which these relationships affect a variety of youth outcomes (e.g., psychological distress, health-risk behaviors, academic achievement). Currently, she is investigating the role of contextual factors in promoting or deterring the formation of intergenerational relationships and shaping the nature of interactions between marginalized youth and the adults in their communities. She also is further examining the mechanisms that drive the promotive effects of natural mentoring relationships and developing an intervention focused on enhancing positive intergenerational relationships between adolescents and the nonparental adults in their everyday lives. She runs the Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development (PHAD) Lab at the University of Virginia. She is a current 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. She has published her research findings in a host of journals including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, the American Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Her research is currently funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

  • Hurd, N. M., Varner, F., Caldwell, C. H., & Zimmerman, M. A. (in press). Does perceived discrimination predict change in psychological distress and substance use over time? An examination among Black emerging adults. Developmental Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0036438
  • Hurd, N. M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). An analysis of natural mentoring relationship profiles and their association with mentees’ mental health: Considering links via support from important others. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 25-36. DOI 10.1007/s10464-013-9598-y
  • Hurd, N. M., Stoddard, S. A., Bauermeister, J. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2014). Natural mentors, mental health, and substance use: Exploring pathways via coping and purpose. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84, 1-11. DOI 10.1037/h0099361
  • Hurd, N. M., Varner, F., & Rowley, S. J. (2013). Involved-vigilant parenting and socio-emotional well-being among Black youth: The moderating influence of natural mentoring relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence,42, 1583-1595. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-012-9819-y (first and second authors made equal contributions)
  • Hurd, N. M., Stoddard, S. A., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2013). Neighborhoods, social support, and African American adolescents’ mental health outcomes: A multilevel path analysis. Child Development, 84, 858-874. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12018
  • Hurd, N. M., Sellers, R. M., Cogburn, C. D., Butler-Barnes, S. T., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2013). Racial identity and mental health among Black emerging adults:  The moderating effects of neighborhood racial composition. Developmental Psychology, 49, 938-950. DOI: 10.1037/a0028826
  • Hurd, N. M., & Sellers, R. M. (2013). Black adolescents’ relationships with natural mentors: Associations with academic engagement via social and emotional development. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 76-85. DOI: 10.1037/a0031095
  • Hurd, N. M., Sánchez, B., Zimmerman, M. A., & Caldwell, C. H. (2012). Natural mentors, racial identity, and educational attainment among African American adolescents: Exploring pathways to success. Child Development, 83, 1196-1212. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01769.x
  • Hurd, N. M., Zimmerman, M. A., & Reischl, T. M. (2011). Role model behavior and youth violence: A study of positive and negative effects. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 323-354.