|Title:||Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.|
|Office:||Coffey Hall 241|
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology (also affiliated with Developmental Psychology Program)
Ph.D., Penn State University
My program of research focuses on how various contexts, especially organized extracurricular activities, might serve a protective role in development, including fewer behavior problems and better social and emotional adjustment. In particular, I am interested in whether activity involvement may facilitate better adjustment across important developmental transitions. I have also investigated the most relevant determinants of activity participation at the community, family, and individual level. Recently, I have focused on examining associations between urban, low income, minority youth’s activity involvement and obesity-related health behaviors, such poor dietary practices and physical inactivity. As part of an ongoing multi-disciplinary collaboration with faculty within the Department of Psychology, Stritch's Medical Center's Department of Epidemiology, and the School of Law's Civitas ChildLaw Center, I plan to continue to develop my program of research in this area. Related to this interest, I have also coordinated a grant-funded evaluation of a local non-profit, after-school program that promotes health and fitness among low-income, minority adolescents.
My graduate students have diverse and exciting research interests that focus broadly on discretionary time use. In addition to working on the projects previously mentioned, my students have collected their own data to answer compelling and innovative questions. For example, one student examined whether after-school programs promote ethnic identity and self worth in Latino youth. Another student plans to examine whether organized activities may serve as a buffer against poor adjustment outcomes among adolescents with high functioning autism. I strongly encourage my students to publish and present their research at national conferences.
Riggs, N., Bohnert, A., Guzman, M. & Davidson, D (In press). Examining the potential of community-based after-school programming for Latino youth. American Journal of Community Psychology.
Bohnert, A. Richards, M., Kohl, K., & Randall, E. (In press). Discretionary time activities and emotional experiences as predictors of delinquency and depressive symptoms among urban African American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
Bohnert, A., Richards, M., Kolmodin, K., & Lakin, B. (2008). Urban African American young adolescents' experience of discretionary time activities. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18, 517-539.
Bohnert, A., Kane, P., & Garber, J. (2008). Organized activity participation and internalizing and externalizing Syndromes: reciprocal relations during adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 239-250.
Bohnert, A. & Garber, J. (2007). Prospective relations between organized activity participation and psychopathology during adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 1021-1033.
Bohnert, A, Martin, N, & Garber, J. (2007). Predicting adolescents’ organized activity involvement: The role of maternal depression history, family relationship quality and adolescent cognitions. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 221-244.
Bohnert, A., Aikins, J., & Edidin, J. (2007). The role of organized activities in facilitating social adaptation across the transition to college. Journal of Adolescent Research, 22, 189-208.