Suzanne Bouffard, Graduate Student    Edit

Research Summary:
My research interests lie at the intersection of human development and public policy, and in bridging the fields of research, policy, and practice. My research focus is on applications of psychology to education and non-school time opportunities for learning and development. Recent projects have included family involvement in education, academic motivation, afterschool programs and experiences, and ethnic and socioeconomic achievement gaps. I am currently conducting my dissertation on communication between parents and school personnel via Internet technology. I am also conducting research on the role of afterschool programs in the academic, social, and civic development of children and adolescents. My work in this area includes both large-scale quantitative research and program evaluation, as well as research dissemination and strategic communications to key stakeholders such as afterschool providers, policymakers, and funding organizations. My teaching interests include applied human development and teaching writing for the social sciences.

Representative Publications:   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. (2005). New Directions for Youth Development, 105.
  2. Weiss, H.B., Little, P.M., & Bouffard, S.M. (2005). More than just being there: Balancing the participation equation. New Directions for Youth Development, 105.
  3. Fiester, L., Simpkins, S., & Bouffard, S.M. (2005). Present and accounted for: Measuring attendance in out-of-school time programs. New Directions for Youth Development, 105.
  4. Bouffard, S.M. & Hill, N.E. (Submitted, 2005). Maternal perceptions of children’s academic competence and children’s achievement: Longitudinal relations.
  5. Bouffard, S.M. & Little, P.M. "Promoting quality through professional development: Implementing and evaluating training programs for youth workers." Out-of-School Time Issue Brief. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Family Research Project, 2004