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Stauffer Colloquium Series featuring Eleanor K. Seaton, “The Impact of Racism on Black Youth’s Development”

Since 2002, the John Stauffer Charitable Trust has sponsored a series of informative talks on current research in applied psychology for students, faculty, and the general community. The Division of Behavioral & Organizational Science’s next Stauffer Colloquium for Positive Developmental Psychology will be a presentation by Professor Eleanor K. Seaton, PhD from Arizona State University entitled “The Impact of Racism on Black Youth’s Development.”

Join us in-person on Monday, October 10 at 4:00 pm PT. Professor Seaton’s one-hour talk will be followed by a Q&A session. This lecture is free and open to the public.

“The Impact of Racism on Black Youth’s Development”
Professor Eleanor K. Seaton, PhD

Synopsis: Racism is a pervasive and detrimental force which shapes and influences the development and mental health of Black children and adolescents. Dr. Seaton will discuss the implications of her research agenda with attention to the impact of racism, moderators for racism, the impact of racism on physiological processes and how pubertal development is complicated for Black children and adolescents.

About the Speaker: Professor Eleanor K. Seaton, PhD is a product of the Great Migration and hails from Chicago’s south side. Dr. Seaton earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Seaton also earned a doctorate from Temple University and completed post-doctoral work at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan. Dr. Seaton is a Professor at Arizona State University, and a developmental psychologist who examines: 1) the impact of racism on mental health, 2) racial identity as a protective factor for racism, 3) the intersection of race, gender, and puberty, and 4) the biopsychosocial impacts of racism. Dr. Seaton uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method techniques to conduct interdisciplinary research, which resets on social psychological and sociological frameworks, embedded firmly within developmental science. Dr. Seaton recently initiated a project examining the impact of Chicago style house music among Black adults who are members of Generation X. ​

Dr. Seaton is the former chair of SRCD’s ERI Committee and SRA’s Diversity and Equity Committee, and currently serves on SRCD’s Governing Council. Dr. Seaton is dedicated to eradicating racism and enhancing the number of underrepresented scholars in developmental science. Dr. Seaton developed the Scholars Development Program, designed to increase the numbers of Black developmental scientists receiving NIH funding, a racial disparity that NIH acknowledges. Dr. Seaton is a former co-host of Break it Down on AZ PBS where she discussed the impact of racism on various societal domains. Dr. Seaton tends to journal, travel, bake desserts, shop, read, watch movies and dance to Chicago style house music when relaxing. ​