Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Studies

Positive Youth Development Lab

National Projects (State/ Local)

East Lubbock Promise NeighborhoodEast Lubbock Promise Neighborhood funded the U.S Department of Education Promise Neighborhood Grant (2013-2018) that will be implemented across East Lubbock schools.


Normalizing Sexual Development (NSD) CurriculumNormalizing Sexual Development (NSD) Curriculum (2013-present). This curriculum is an Abstinence+ Program aims to educate 5th -12th graders and their parents about sexual development as it relates to internal and external expressions. Curriculum components include emotional, cognitive, and physical development, relationships, school/work, and goal orientation.

The Bexar County Juvenile Probation DepartmentBetween Foster Care and the Juvenile Justice System: Understanding the Challenges of Multi-Systems/Cross-Over Youth. Partnership with The Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department aiming to explore the challenges and opportunities of current or former foster youth and young adults involved with the juvenile justice system that might enhance or inhibit resiliency and positive development, supported by a qualitative methodological approach.


International Projects

Universidad de AntioquiaUniversidad CESYouth Exposed to Violence: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Emotional and Cognitive Indicators, and Neuropsychological / Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Evidence. Partnership with Universidad de Antioquia, Department of Cognitive Psychology (Medellin, Colombia) and Universidad CES, Department of Psychology (Medellin, Colombia) to examine the neuropsychological, emotional, and cognitive effects on children and adolescents exposed to violence.

Universidad CESSubstance / Drug Use, HIV, Risky Sexual Behaviors and Health Outcomes in Youth and Young Adults. Partnership with Universidad CES, School of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Medellin, Colombia) to examine behavioral patterns of drug users and health outcomes in youth and young adults.