Chanler Hilley, M.Ed.
Doctoral Student & Research Associate in Family and Human Development
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University and am currently seeking employment in an academic research setting. My research interests revolve around supporting successful transitions to adulthood, particularly for youth who have experienced adversity and with a focus on mental health and substance use. 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. In addition, I participate in the Measurement and Statistical Analysis (MASA) Research Group through the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, where I completed the MASA doctoral specialization.
Prior to beginning my doctoral training in August 2016, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Education from Arizona State University. I then worked in the university setting as a health educator promoting student well-being and as an academic advisor promoting individual academic success. 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 and educational outcomes during this developmental period. This professional experience generated my interest in furthering our understanding of what can be done to promote positive psychosocial outcomes for adolescents and young adults, especially among groups who have experienced adversity (e.g., low socioeconomic status, incarceration or parental incarceration, disconnection from educational and vocational institutions [i.e., "opportunity youth"]).