Chanler Hilley, M.Ed.
Doctoral Candidate & Research Associate in Family and Human Development
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
I am a PhD candidate in Family and Human Development with a specialization in Measurement and Statistical Analysis at Arizona State University. I currently work with Dr. Sarah Lindstrom Johnson in the Positive Environments for Adolescents and Children (PEAC) Lab and Dr. Holly O'Rourke in the Quantitative Evaluation of Experimental and Naturalistic Studies (QUEENS) Lab.
My research examines mental health and substance use across the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, especially for youth who have experienced adversity. My work integrates developmental psychology, prevention science, and risk and resilience frameworks in studying how to support positive developmental outcomes and mitigate the potential for negative outcomes as a result of poverty, exposure to violence, and social isolation and exclusion.
My research is informed by my prior experience with primarily young adults in prevention contexts in the college setting: first in community-level violence and substance use prevention and next in individual-level intervention as an academic advisor working to prevent drop-out, promote academic success, and help students achieve their academic and career goals. Through this work, I gained professional experience working with youth as they transition to adulthood, and I came to better understand the risk and protective factors associated with health, education, and career outcomes during this developmental period.