Dr. Onnie Rogers’ public scholarship addresses racial inequalities in the United States

Dr. Rogers’ research helps explain issues at the center of the debate about racial inequalities the United States. She has found that many White parents do not discuss racism with their kids, and the idea of color blindness which masks structural inequalities and prejudice is the dominant frame used when they do talk about race. She has also written an article about the important role of hair in the lives of Black girls. Dr. Rogers’ essays were published in The Hill, on TED Ideas, CNN Health, The Conversation, and The Medium

Congratulations to Josiah Rosario (a PhD candidate in Social Psychology), who got an Honorable Mention to the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, was awarded a grant by the Dispute Resolution Research Center at Kellogg to study the work on the sociopolitical climate, and has successfully defended his Master’s Thesis!

Congratulations to our postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Ursula Moffitt, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation Broadening Participation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship! She will be conducting a research project titled “Politics, Activism, and Identity.”  
The project will run from September 2020 through August 2022. It is a mixed-methods longitudinal study of how diverse college students are making sense of the current sociopolitical climate and upcoming presidential election as they navigate their racial and gender identities. Dr. Rogers is the primary mentor and Professor Margarita Azmitia at UC Santa Cruz is the second mentor on this study.

Some big news for two of our DICErs – research assistant Jason Schwartz and lab manager Kara Dastrup have both been accepted to graduate school at the University of Washington this fall!

Jason will be earning his PhD/EdS in School Psychology. He will be working with Dr. Janine Jones studying the effects of mindfulness-based programs for at-risk students. These programs are designed to enhance resilience for students that face implicit biases.

Kara will be earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Corey Fagan. She will be researching the use of Measurement Based Care (MBC) and Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) and their use in promoting favorable therapeutic outcomes. Kara will also be studying how MBC and ROM assist with ethically conducted therapy and the quality control of therapeutic interventions across clients who have different identities.

Congratulations Kara and Jason! We will miss you!

Medium has started a new blog series on Black women and girls, written by a collective of amazing Black women and girls! 

Dr. Rogers was invited to write a piece based on our “Black girl magic” study, and wrote about the hair analysis. It has been  featured: “My hair is bomb”: Black Girls’ Identities and Resistance. 

Congratulations Dr. Rogers!


Imani Minor was recognized as an Undergraduate Scholar by the 2020 Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Conference!

The Undergraduate Scholars Program is designed to support junior and senior undergraduate students from racial/ethnic minority groups in North America to pursue graduate work and careers in adolescent development. Selected scholars attend the SRA Biennial Meeting and participate in special pre-conference activities that focus on careers in adolescent research, applying to graduate school and funding, curriculum vitae workshops, and navigating the Biennial Meeting. Scholars will receive mentorship from graduate students and senior scholars who are active in the field of adolescent research.

This is a huge honor, congratulations Imani! We’re so proud of you!

Dr. Rogers was recognized as one of the Institute of Policy Research (IPR) researchers that have pioneered vital research on women’s issues and gender roles. “A new generation of female researchers, as represented by IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers is also blazing down the research trail of racial and gender stereotypes. In a recent investigation, Rogers looks at girls in the United States and China to understand how the pressure to conform to masculine behaviors can affect their psychological well-being.” Read the rest of the article here!

The D.I.C.E. Lab had our fall outing on Saturday. Thank you to all of our wonderful research assistants and graduate students for their hard work and dedication this quarter! 

We are thrilled to announce that the ARCC Seed Grant was awarded to Gloria Dotson-Lewis, founder of Distinctively Me, and Dr. Rogers! Congratulations!

(Re)Building the Foundation of Black Girlhood: A Partnership to Promote Black Girls’ Socio- Emotional and Cultural Development

In 2017, the Children and Family Justice Center reported an 81% increase in the number of adolescent girls admitted to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, a startling upsurge that disproportionately (57%) affects Black girls. This school-to-prison pipeline, known as “pushout”, is only one of several penalties Black girls in Chicago’s public schools endure as a result of discriminatory school discipline practices, limited access to social workers and counselors, and overall inadequate support systems. The reality is that for Black girls in Chicago, the risk-to- support ratio is grossly out of balance.  Our partnership aims to (re)build the foundation of Black girlhood by providing the developmentally-appropriate, culturally- relevant socio-emotional support Black girls need to thrive. ​

For more information about Distinctively Me: http://www.distinctivelyme.org/

We are so excited to welcome Courtney Jones this Fall as a Graduate Student in the Personality, Development, and Health program. Welcome, Courtney!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Ursula Moffitt will be joining DICE this Fall as a PostDoctoral Fellow. Welcome, Dr. Moffitt!

We are so excited to announce that Shari and Christine won 2nd place in the social science and journalism section of the Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition! Below are some of their wonderful reviews:

“What a poised and coherent presentation of the research! She has an excellent set of explanations for why the findings didn’t quite go as expected (and why Gillian’s frame work may not entirely fit for the research questions at hand)

“This was an extremely interesting study with significant implications. Christine did a stupendous job in delivery and in responding to questions”

“Well organized and very knowledgeable about the subject, studies limitations and possibilities for future research”

Congratulations Shari and Christine!

We are proud to announce that our fellow DICERs Chrissy, Shari, Dayanara, Imani, and Christine ended the Spring 2019 quarter by presenting their independent research projects at the Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition! Congratulations, ladies! Click here and navigate to the conference tab to see their poster publications!

Dr. Rogers’ article  “Ideology and Identity Among White Male Teachers in an All-Black, All-Male High School” was recently published to The American Educational Research Journal. Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!

Dr. Rogers’ article “Commentary on Economic Inequality: “What” and “Who” Constitutes Research on Social Inequality in Developmental Science?” was recently published to Developmental Psychology. Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!

Shari Gordon Graduated!

In Fall 2019, Shari will attend Boston University School of Medicine to pursue graduate studies in mental health counseling. Through the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program, she will begin her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. This program integrates clinical fieldwork with training in behavioral medicine and neuroscience in order to address both physical and mental illness, as well as health promotion. 

“I’ll be interning at Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network this upcoming spring quarter, which is a multi-disciplinary clinic that works to provide therapeutic services to children and their families. They offer speech therapy, mental health therapy, and occupational therapy. I’ll be able to observe and assist clinicians during their therapy sessions. I will be working alongside a team of therapists from various backgrounds and collaborating with them to help patients make long-term progress. I will be in charge of projects such as creating a lesson or developmental profile of a child.  I’ll also be participating in a few after school social groups for school aged children. These groups often focus on social cognition, problem solving, and executive functions
Additionally, I’ve secured an internship for the summer! I’ll be working at Advocate Children’s Hospital Pediatric Development Center. I’ll be able to have one-on-one sessions with children and use play-based therapy to come up with a developmental profile for each child. Additionally, I’ll be helping clinicians in group therapy sessions. The clinicians will train and supply me with a variety of diagnostic tools in order to help them in the diagnosing process. 
I’m super excited to finally get my feet wet and gain clinical experience!” 

Our research assistant Chrissy accepted an internship for with AVIA in downtown Chicago for Chicago Field Studies! AVIA is a healthcare startup and her position will be in the Strategic Advisory department, which provides in-depth consulting engagements for network members. For more information, visits the AVIA website here. Congratulations, Chrissy!

“My new job is satisfying and I feel like it extends my research experience to a larger scope. I had the opportunity to work with postdoctoral fellow, Hong Kong Council of Social Services and local famous foundation (Kwok Group, who has a special department named community investment). Now, I have my business card . During the second week, we presented our proposal to multiple stakeholders (Council, funders, and social work agencies) and collected feedback from their practical experiences. From their insights, I came to realize that what I learned from literatures, books is a bit outdated and it is always important to think big, think out of the box. I should expose myself more to such conference, talk, social activities (like the Social Brown Bag series).  Regarding my duties, I am involved in two projects, one is in the final stage of writing, another is in the initial stage of building framework, searching for materials and designing data collection method. We have more than 20 staffs so the average workload is manageable. I have ample time to read a whole book. I selected some classical books on methodology, curriculum development, which I think would be helpful for future research. Recently, I learned logic models, evaluation assessment, and the R language learning is in good progress. My colleagues told me at the center, we have 40+ ongoing projects. I also learned that my colleagues are from diverse background (i.e., social work, management, journalism, statistics). I hope to make good use of these resources and fuel future research with inspiration.” 

We are so excited to announce that NU’s Global Marketing and Communications team has published a story about our research and the DICE team in Northwestern Magazine! You can read about the feature on Confronting Stereotypes here, and click here to view a video montage about our lab and the #BlackGirlMagic project! 


Dr. Rogers’ article, “Reimagining social and emotional development: Accommodation and resistance to dominant ideologies in the identities and friendships of boys of color” was recently published to Human Development. Click here to be directed to the article. Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!

The Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) and Edelman Griot, a communication firm invited Dr. Rogers to participate on a panel for the International Day of the Girl at Edelman Chicago! Panel participants discussed factors about girlhood including self-image, confidence, identity, and the ways our society can better and best support its girls. Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!

Dr. Rogers’ article, “I’m Kind of a Feminist”: Using Master Narratives to Analyze Gender Identity in middle Childhood” was recently published to Child Development – Northwestern posted a brief on the article here. Click here for the article and here for a full list of other publications & resources – Congratulations Dr. Rogers!

I spent this summer in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in a Comparative Public Health study abroad program. I learned about the complex history of Yugoslavia’s dissolution in the 1990s, the collective memory and trauma of such a recent war, and its implications for public health in the Balkans. One of the most fascinating aspects of this region is identity. Ethnicity and religion sharply divide people who are so genetically similar and share so much history. It has been very interesting to compare their tensions to the racial ones of the US, especially after focusing on race and gender identities in lab!

–  Chrissy

This summer for me has been very fun and rewarding! Over the past months, I have had the opportunity to work for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. As a research assistant I have learned about behavior as it changes through the ages, and in particular during our senior years. It has been intriguing to learn about the neurochemistry of the aging brain  and how it affects one’s self concept and awareness, adapting to disability, and the change in family dynamics. The DICE lab has allowed me to explore the dynamics of identity and culture as they relate to youth more specifically. Experiencing the geriatric side of development this summer has broadened my understanding of identity and how it changes through the lifespan. In between working and studying, I have been able to travel to various destinations with my family! Overall I have had a great summer, and I’m so excited to return to the DICE lab in the fall!

–  Shari

This summer, I interned at a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Bolivia called Tukuy Pacha, which works to support people with disabilities – along with their families and communities – in the municipalities surrounding the Cochabamba area. Tukuy Pacha works under the framework of Rehabilitacion Basada en la Comunidad (RBC), or Community-Based Rehabilitation, to provide support for people with disabilities. The NGO addresses the lack of resources of people with disabilities and their families. For example, patients have a hard time acquiring the services that the organization provides, like workshops, home visits, legal support, and technical aids, elsewhere.
– Day

EP successfully defended her master’s thesis project, “Visibility and Characteristic Presentation of Multiply-Marginalized Targets: An Examination of Interpersonal Intersectional Invisibility”, which was approved Dr. Sylvia Perry & Dr. Onnie Rogers. Congratulations, EP!

Chrissy was accepted to a public health program in Serbia + Bosina, Herzegovina for summer 2018! She will be investigating mental health initiative surrounding trauma and related public policy and post-war relief efforts. Congratulations, Chrissy!

Dr. Rogers won The Women’s Center – Gender Equity in Action Faculty Award. Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!

Day got accepted to study abroad this summer in Bolivia with all expenses paid. Congratulations, Day!

Abbey is doing a year long MS in secondary education at Northwestern University in 2018-2019. Congratulations, Abbey!