Margaret Beale Spencer, PhD
Dr. Spencer specializes in adolescent psychology, with a research emphasis on resiliency, identity, and competence formation. Her work has focused on the cognitive and socio-emotional aspects of development, particularly with young people of color and from low-resource family backgrounds. The University of Chicago faculty page
- Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education and Chairperson in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Education Board of Overseers Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Director, Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood, Growth and Ethnic Studies , University of Pennsylvania
- Director, W.E.B. Du Bois Collective Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania
- PhD, 1976, University of Chicago, Child and Developmental Psychology
- Brookins, G. K., & Spencer, M. B. (Eds.). (in press). Handbook of race, ethnicity and human development: A multidisciplinary approach. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
- Spencer, M. B., & Harpalani, V. (in press). What does "acting White" actually mean?: Racial identity, adolescent development, and academic achievement among African American youth. In J. U. Ogbu (Ed.), Minority status, collective identity and schooling. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Spencer, M. B. (2008). Lessons learned and opportunities ignored since Brown v. Board of Education: Youth development and the myth of a color-blind society. Educational Researcher, 37(5), 253-266.
- Spencer, M. B. (2006). Phenomenology and ecological systems theory: Development of diverse groups. In W. Damon & R. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology: Vol. 1. Theoretical Models of Human Development (6th ed., pp. 829-893). New York: Wiley.
- Spencer, M. B., Harpalani, V., Cassidy, E., Jacobs, C., Donde, S., Goss, T., et al. (2nd ed., 2006). Understanding vulnerability and resilience from a normative developmental perspective: Implications for racially and ethnically diverse youth. In D. Cicchetti & D. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology: Vol. 1. Theory and method (2nd ed., pp. 627-672). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
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