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

About Me


I am in my final year in the Ph.D. program in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University and am currently seeking employment in an academic research setting. 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 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. 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 am also pursuing 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 these experiences, I gained professional experience working with individuals in the transition to adulthood and 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 the transition to adulthood and especially what can be done to promote positive outcomes for emerging and young adults. I have a particular interest in promoting positive outcomes for youth and young adults who experience low socioeconomic status, incarceration or parental incarceration, and disconnection from educational and vocational institutions (i.e., "opportunity youth").


Upon earning my Ph.D. in May 2020, I hope to enter a career in academia. I am especially interested in continuing my research described above and also in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Chanler Hilley