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Spotlight 2018-2019

Saskia Boggs successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations, Dr.

Saskia Boggs!

Saskia successfully defended her dissertation, which focuses on identifying black students' racial-academic identities and exploring predictors and outcomes of their identities. Kudos Dr. Saskia Boggs!



Dr. Dawn Witherspoon is highlighted on the SRCD website for her contributions as the chair of the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee.  

The Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) have implemented many initiatives in order to increase
diversity in developmental science. This is done by honing in on three specific areas such as
developing an academic pipeline where the key function is to increase ethnic minority scholars,
increasing research on minority children and adolescents, and facilitate communication between
other groups and organizations that deal with research on minority children and adolescents.

The members have seen some accomplishments recently, as Dawn Witherspoon, Ph.D. along with the SRCD Leadership Staff led SRCD’s annual lecture series. The SRCD 2019 Biennial Meeting was also seen as a success and in the future, the committee will focus on launching the “Hidden Figures in Developmental Science” video series. For more information, please see


The CDL celebrated the end of 2019 Spring semester!



Saskia Boggs received Outstanding Teaching Award in Psychology!

Saskia Boggs, a sixth-year graduate student in the lab, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in Psychology in recognition for her great achievement in and contributions to undergraduate teaching. Kudos, Saskia!



Dr. Dawn Witherspoon and CDL graduate students participated and presented their research at the SRCD 2019 Biennial Meeting in Baltimore 

Congratulations to all of the lab members who participated and presented in this year’s SRCD biennial meeting in Baltimore!





Dr. Dawn Witherspoon was appointed as one of the two SRA Program Co-Chairs for the 2022 Biennial Conference, NOLA. 

Dr. Dawn Witherspoon has agreed to serve as one of the two SRA (Society for Research on Adolescence) Program Co-Chairs for the 2022 Biennial Conference, NOLA. Dr. Witherspoon has been actively involved in SRA for many years, including leadership roles on several SRA committees. This is well-deserved recognition for her important service to and involvement in SRA.


Dr. Dawn Witherspoon was named as McCourtney Early Career Professor.

This award honors a promising untenured or recently tenured faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and includes support for the faculty member’s research and teaching program. Congratulations to Dr. Witherspoon on this well-deserved award!