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Welcome to the Promoting Healthy Adolescent Development (PHAD) Lab! We are a psychology lab at the University of Virginia, led by Dr. Noelle Hurd, that focuses on finding ways to promote the positive development of youth. Specifically, our focus is identifying ways to build up pre-existing strengths in youths’ lives. We work within both the university and the larger Charlottesville communities to conduct research and learn more about the factors that lead to healthy development.

The lab is home to graduate students, post-docs, and research assistants interested in adolescent development. Learn more about them by clicking on the People tab above!

If you are interested in learning more about our ongoing projects, click on the tab above entitled Current Studies and Projects to visit our Project DREAM, SEASONS, or LINK webpages.

If you are interested in joining the lab as a research assistant, find out more by clicking on the Join the lab tab above.

2019 Diversifying Psychology Visit Day Visiting Scholars

2019 Diversifying Psychology Visit Day Visiting Scholars

Andrea Negrete on a panel for the film screening of Ri K’echelaj Nich’on,

Andrea Negrete on a panel for the film screening of Ri K’echelaj Nich’on

Dr. Noelle Hurd, PHAD lab alumna Dr. Riana Anderson, and Bianka Charity-Parker

Dr. Hurd, PHAD lab alumna Dr. Riana Anderson, and Bianka Charity-Parker

Janelle Billinglsey and Gloria Stout at the donning of the Kente ceremony

Janelle Billingsley and Gloria Stout at the donning of the Kente ceremony

2019 lab members

2019 lab members

Grace Beuley presents her Distinguished Majors Program research

Grace Beuley presents her Distinguished Major Program research

Gloria Stout presents her DMP project

Gloria Stout presents her Distinguished Major Program research

Dr. Hurd and 2019 DMP students Gloria Stout and Grace Beuley

Dr. Hurd and 2019 Distinguished Major Program students Gloria Stout and Grace Beuley

 

Andrea Negrete and Janelle Billingsley win the 2019 UVA Award for Excellence in Graduate Diversity

Andrea Negrete and Janelle Billingsley win the 2019 UVA Award for Excellence in Graduate Diversity

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Andrea Negrete and Janelle Billingsley win the 2019 UVA Award for Excellence in Graduate Diversity

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Andrea Negrete and Janelle Billingsley win the 2019 UVA Award for Excellence in Graduate Diversity

 

Project Dream Closing Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of students who complete the program!

Project Dream Closing Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of students who complete the program!

 

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Audrey, Andrea and Noelle at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting in Minneapolis, MN

 

Graduate students Jamie Albright, Andrea Negrete, Jason Sumontha, and faculty collaborator Fatima Varner presenting PHAD Lab research at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action in Ottawa, Canada.

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Graduate students Jamie Albright, Andrea Negrete, Jason Sumontha, and faculty collaborator Fatima Varner presenting PHAD Lab research at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action in Ottawa, Canada.

Graduate students Jamie Albright, Andrea Negrete, Jason Sumontha, and faculty collaborator Fatima Varner presenting PHAD Lab research at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action in Ottawa, Canada.

 

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Noelle Hurd, Patrick Tolan, and Nancy Deutsch at the White House in March 2016

 

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Graduate student Audrey Wittrup presenting at the Society for Research on Adolescence 2016 conference

 

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Graduate student Jamie Albright presenting at the Society for Research on Adolescence 2016 conference

 

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Graduate students Briana Akani and Joey Tan presenting at the Society for Research on Adolescence 2016 conference

 

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PHAD Research Assistants helping with City of Promise community surveys in the Charlottesville Community

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Former research assistant Brynna Heflin presenting her Distinguished Major Program research

 

 

 

On March 3, 2017, Noelle Hurd gave the Curry Research Lecture at UVA.

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