Aisha Griffith


Aisha Griffith


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.

Recent Publications

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.