People: Allison J. Tracy & Projects




  • Adolescent Mixed-Ancestry Identity: A Measurement Pilot

    2006 - 2009
    Self-Identity of Youth of Mixed Ancestry

    Racial/ethnic self-identification can vary over time and place, in other words, some adolescents of mixed ancestry report different single-race or mixed-race identifications at different times and in different situations. This report seeks to explore whether adolescents of mixed-ancestry have particular strengths or weaknesses compared within their single-race-reporting peers.




  • Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS)

    Ongoing since 2006
    Assessing Quality Afterschool Programs

    APAS is an assessment system that helps programs link quality and youth outcomes together in a comprehensive and integrated fashion. It was developed to help address the accountability challenge that faces afterschool programs.




  • An in-depth look at teen/parent sexual communication

    Completed
    Teen/Parent sexual communication

    This project is an in-depth qualitative investigation of teen/parent communication about sex and relationships, which provides an in-depth look at families participating in the evaluation of middle school education program. It includes interviews with 32 teen/parent pairs who are participants in the Get Real middle school sex education program.




  • APT Validation Study II: Improving rater reliability

    Ongoing since 2013
    Afterschool programs

    The goal of this study is to enhance rater accuracy of the Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT).




  • APT Validation Study Phase 1: Identifying and Minimizing Measurement Error

    Ongoing since 2010
    Afterschool programs

    This study will test the Afterschool Program Practices Tool's (APT) stability and accuracy as a measure of afterschool program quality.




  • Boston After-School Experiences Study (BASES)

    1994-1998
    Experiences in Boston After-School Programs

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study was created to better understand how children spend their after-school time, and how it may be best used to improve growth and learning. The study was stratified by ethnicity and took into account gender and social class.




  • Boston Summer Learning Project

    Ongoing since 2010
    Evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Project

    This project will evaluate the Boston Summer Learning Program




  • Communication about sex in the nuclear family and beyond: Implications for health interventions

    Ongoing since 2013
    Sex Communication

    This investigation will longitudinally explore continuity and change in teen-family sexual communication over teens' transition to high school




  • Employment, Work Conditions and Health Among Older Workers

    Completed 2004
    Workplace environment influences on older workers' health 

    workfamilieschildren_small20This project proposes to advance scientific knowledge regarding the relationship between health and work, and both the positive and negative conditions within a workplace.  This study asks how important employment really is toward productivity and health in an older workers' life.




  • Exploratory Study of Same-Sex Marriage

    Completed 2005
    Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts

    Researchers examined the ways in which same-sex couples in Massachusetts perceived marriage. Interviews with couples and children illuminated reasons why same-sex couples may or may not marry and related social influences.




  • Family Income, Infant Child Care, and Child Development Study

    Completed in 2005
    Child Care Centers' Influence on Infant Development

    This study followed a random sample of hundreds of children and 100 child care centers in order to examine links between family income, the quality and cost of child-care, and infant language and social development.




  • Impact of Work Organization on Women’s Postpartum Health

    Completed 2012
    The Impact of Work Stress on Mothers' Health

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study examines the impact of work stress on working mothers’ health during the first three years after having a child.




  • Influence of Early Care and Education on Children's Outcomes and Family Functioning: An Ecological Model

    2004-2006
    An Ecological Model: ECE, Children's Outcomes and Family Functioning

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study examines the varying quality of child care in Massachusetts and across the nation, and its effect on children's performance and family functioning.




  • Longitudinal Research on Partner Violence, Child Physical Abuse, and Child Sexual Abuse

    Completed in 1998
    Partner Violence, Child Physical Abuse, and Child Sexual Abuse

    This study examined the ways in which physical and/or sexual violence within a family affects the individual, the family unit, and the community. The project focused on prevention programs and policies in order to better understand the varied outcomes of family violence.




  • Massachusetts Afterschool Research Study (MARS)

    Completed in 2005
    Researching Quality Afterschool Programming: Massachusetts

    This project sought to identify the most successful elements of afterschool programs in Massachusetts; including staff, policy making, funding, and program/activity participation.




  • Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study

    2000-2004
    Cost and Quality of Child Care in Massachusetts

    workfamilieschildren_small20The goal of the Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study was to examine full-day, year-round, community-based center care for preschool-age children (2.9 years to 5 years) and for infants and toddlers, pre-k classrooms in the public schools and family child care programs.




  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education and School Readiness Study

    Completed in 2007
    Early Care and Education and School Readiness: Massachusetts

    workfamilieschildren_small20Researchers focus on aspects of school readiness, including social and language development, along with other data such as hours in care, so as to better understand the ways in which a child's growth is influenced by situational factors. 




  • Measuring the Impact of a Middle School Comprehensive Sex Education Curriculum

    Ongoing since 2007
    Assessing Middle School Sexual Education

    This project is a multi-faceted engagement with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts to conduct an evaluation of the Get Real middle school sexual education curriculum.




  • Media and Identity Study

    Ongoing since 2011
    Studies

    The purpose of this online nationwide survey study is to understand how different types of media (i.e. social, technological, televised) impact young people’s sense of social identities, including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political attitudes, and civic engagement.




  • Navy Family Study

    1998-2004
    Violence in Navy Families

    This longitudinal study examined family violence within the Navy and was designed to help Navy leaders develop their family advocacy program.




  • NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

    Completed in 2010
    Early Environments and the Development of Children

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, seeks to determine the relationship between children's early experiences and their developmental outcomes.




  • Normative Development of Puerto Rican Adolescents

     
    Development of Young Puerto Ricans

    This longitudinal study on Puerto Rican adolescents revealed new data that differed from previous examinations of Puerto Rican 'at risk' youth. In this study, these youths were found to be well-adjusted and close to their families, not prone (as previously assumed) to risky behavior.




  • Outcomes Evaluation of FasTracKids

    2007-2009
    Evaluation of Participants in FasTracKids

    international work The FasTracKids Research Study is a 19-month international study aimed at examining the link between participation in FasTracKids enrichment programs and child outcomes (children 4 and 5 years old). FasTracKids Enrichment Centers offer a variety of classes and activities designed to promote early learning, develop creative thinking and problem solving, build verbal communication, promote leadership and personal growth, and encourage a lifelong love of learning.




  • Physical Activity over Time: Health Outcomes of Elementary School Children

    Completed in 2011
    Long-term health benefits of physical activity

    This is a secondary analysis of data collected over the long-term to determine how physical activity benefits the overall health and well-being of children over time. This study will focus on the NICHD’s Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development data.




  • Physical Activity Study in the Natick Public Schools: Focus on BOKS

    Ongoing since 2011
    Health Benefits of Physical Activity

    This project will focus on the BOKS program, which aims to improve kids' academic performance and overall health using physical activity to jump start children's brains in the morning.




  • Postdoctoral Behavioral Research Training on Variations in Child and Adolescent Development

    workfamilieschildren_small20This postdoctoral training program on variations in child and adolescent development is now closed. It provided research training for candidates who sought to investigate elements of race, gender, and class in the context of childhood and adolescent environments.




  • Program Practices: An Investigation of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Standards and Practices

    2010-2011
    Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Out-of-School Programs

    This research study uses quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and multiple regression modeling to examine healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in a national sample of out-of-school time programs. 




  • Risk and Resilience of Media and Social Networking use in Vulnerable Adolescent Populations

    Ongoing since 2013
    Media and Identity Study

    Charmaraman will interview a subset of 30 participants from the larger online survey study of over 1,300 young people aged 12 – 25 from the U.S. and abroad.




  • Sports as Protective of Girls' High-Risk Sexual Behavior

    2000-2005
    Sports' Influence on Sexual Behavior

    This study sought to clarify the links and benefits between sports and high-risk sexual behavior among high-school girls.




  • Stages of Change in Intimate Partner Violence

    Completed in 2009
    Impact of stages of change on both male batterers and their female partners

    This project looks at the impact of stages of change on both male batterers and their female partners.




  • The Audit Study: Do Some College Activities Boost Chances of Entry to Corporate Careers?

    Ongoing since 2011
    Education and careers

    This study looks at what influence college activities have on recruiters considering people for corporate leadership positions.




  • The Women's Sports Leadership Project

    Ongoing since 2008
    The Women's Sports Leadership Training Project

    The Women’s Sports Leadership Project has the overarching goal of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on gender disparities in organized athletics for the purpose of articulating a new vision of female leadership that legitimizes and connects athletic experience to off-the-field skills. The project features the FairGamesNews.com blog.




  • Wellesley Relational Model Instrument Development

     
    Measuring Relational-Cultural Development

    This measurement instrument was introduced as a dynamic way to assess women's psychological development and ways in which relationships and connections foster psychological wellbeing.