APA science fellow to work at National Institute of Justice

Community psychologist Barbara Oudekerk selected as 2013-2014 fellow.

Barbara Oudekerk, PhD, who is the American Psychological Association’s 2013-2014 executive branch science fellow, arrives in September to spend her fellowship year working at the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Department of Justice. Oudekerk is a community psychologist who received her doctorate and completed a research post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include risk and resilience among adolescents who commit crimes, the intersections between adolescent sexual activity and the legal system (e.g., statutory rape, underage prostitution), adolescent decision making in the context of romantic relationships and teen dating violence. 

Oudekerk was selected for the highly competitive APA fellowship program, which is designed to give psychological scientists experience working in federal agencies. She will join APA's two incoming congressional fellows and a larger class of colleagues affiliated with the Science and Technology Fellowship program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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