Lisette M. DeSouza
Associate Research Scientist
- Ph.D., Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
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Areas of focus include: child and adolescent development, mixed-methods research, out-of-school time, social-emotional learning and positive youth development, contexts of human development
Lisette M. DeSouza, Ph.D., is an associate research scientist working with scholars at the Wellesley Centers for Women in the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Family, Sexuality, and Communication Research Initiative, and Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab. Her research and work focuses on child and adolescent development, in particular how community contexts support the development of young people's skills and positive development.
DeSouza collaborates with schools and out-of-school time programs to investigate how program practices relate to youth competence, and how social-emotional learning shapes academic progress. She is also committed to documenting, addressing, and shifting structural inequities which are barriers to positive development.