Adrienne M. Duke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013
(334) 844-4091 | 286 Spidle Hall
As an engaged scholar, I focus on integrating theoretical understandings of youth development into programs that promote positive outcomes for youth. My current applied research project focuses on the implementation and assessment of a bullying prevention program which targets youth ages 11 through 17. The goals of this program are to reduce bullying behaviors and promote positive peer relationships. Although this study broadly focuses on assessing changes in bullying perceptions and behaviors, I am specifically interested in bystander advocacy in-person and online, bullying amongst girls, and perceptions of bullying behaviors among African American youth.
I am also interested in approaches that include youth in research and evaluation. Studies have shown that engaging youth in participatory action research (YPAR) and participatory evaluation (YPE), fosters positive outcomes e.g. a sense of belonging, social capital, and critical thinking skills. The research questions that guide my work are 1) what developmental outcomes occur when youth participate in YPAR or YPE; 2) what are the processes that foster these outcomes; and 3) what are the effects of youth participation on research outcomes, program design, and implementation. I particularly focus on YPAR and YPE projects that engage youth who are historically disenfranchised because of their identities.