An update from the committee
By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD
Welcome two new CYF members Jodi Quas, PhD, and Caryn Rodgers, PhD. They will serve three year terms from 2014-2016.
Jodi Quas, PhD
Quas is a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley. A primary line of her scientific work focuses on memory development and children’s involvement in the legal system. She addresses important questions regarding how stress affects children’s memory, children’s suggestibility and eyewitness accuracy, consequences of testifying in court on children and children’s emerging testimonial competence. In another line of research, she examines how stress and adversity influence children’s emotional development. In this work, she integrates multiple levels of analysis, including biological stress responses, individual difference characteristics, family dynamics, and even those at the level of community and society. She has received numerous awards for the theoretical and applied significance of her research, including the 2008 Award for Scientific Early Career Contributions in Developmental Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
Caryn R. Rodgers, PhD
Rodgers is an assistant professor in department of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, New York. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. She completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Harvard Medical School through the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellowship. She also completed a fellowship in community-based participatory research through the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Rodgers has been a member of APA since 2007, she served on the APA Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents and served as board member for Div. 29 (Psychotherapy) for two terms. Rodgers’ research focuses on adolescent health promotion in low-income urban communities of color through intervention and program development. Through the employment of community-based participatory research and mixed-method approaches she works with communities, families and youth to further understand contextually relevant protective factors that promote resiliency, strength and adaptive functioning among economically disadvantaged urban youth of color. Through the identification and promotion of resilience within communities Rodgers is preparing to develop contextually concordant strength-based and resilience focused intervention and prevention programs that not only decrease or eliminate adolescent health risk behaviors but also increase strengths and promote resilience.