Michelle V. Porche

Senior Research Scientist

Ed.D, Harvard University

Studies academic achievement for young children and adolescents, examining implications and factors related to gender, race/ethnicity, mental health and other social-emotional influences

Michelle V. Porche, Ed.D., was a senior research scientist and former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, studying academic achievement for young children and adolescents. In her investigations of achievement, the role of gender and social-emotional factors, including childhood adversity, play a major part in her work. Her primary goal is to integrate research and practice in ways that contribute to programs and interventions that foster academic achievement for children from low-income families.


Porche obtained her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984 and her Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education 1999.


Porche was the associate director of the Gender and Sexuality Project during its tenure at WCW. As primary methodologist on the longitudinal studies for that project, she helped develop several gender ideology scales: the Adolescent Femininity Ideology Scale (Tolman & Porche, 2000) and the Adolescent Relationship Masculinity Ideology Scale (Chu, Porche, & Tolman, 2005).

Awards & Recognition

Porche is a proud recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award for 2002 from the International Reading Association. This award honors an article making an outstanding contribution to the prevention and/or assessment of reading or learning disabilities: Jordan, Snow, & Porche, (2000). Project EASE: The effect of a family literacy project on kindergarten students' early literacy skills. Reading Research Quarterly, 35(4), 524-546.

Selected Publications

Porche, M. V., Grossman, J. M., & Dupaya, K. C. (2016). New American scientists: First generation immigrant status and college STEM aspirations, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 22, 1-21. doi:10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016015227

Porche, M. V., Costello, D., & Rosen-Reynoso, M. (2016). Adverse family experiences, child mental health, and educational outcomes for a national sample of students. School Mental Health, 8, 44-60. DOI: 10.1007/s12310-016-9174-3

Rosen-Reynoso, M., Porche, M. V., Kwan, N., Bethell, C., Thomas, V., Robertson, J., Hawes, E., Foley, S., & Palfrey, J. (2016). Disparities in access to easy-to-use services for children with special health care needs. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 5, 1041-1053. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1890-z

Fortuna, L. R., Jimenez, A., & Porche, M. V. (2015). Understanding and responding to the mental health needs of Latino youth in a cultural framework. In R. Parekh, T. Gorrindo, & D. H. Rubin (Eds.), Cultural sensitivity in child and adolescent mental health. Boston: MGH Psychiatry Academy Press, pp. 155-178.

Hall, G., Porche, M. V., Grossman, J. M., & Smashnaya, S. (2015). Practices and approaches of out-of-school time programs serving immigrant and refugee youth. Journal of Youth Development. 10, 72-87.

Porche, M. V., Fortuna, L. R., Wachholtz, A., & Torres Stone, R. (2015). Distal and proximal religiosity as protective factors for adolescent and emerging adult alcohol use, Religions. 6, 365–384; http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/2/365

Grossman, J. M. & Porche, M. V. (2014). Perceived gender and racial/ethnic barriers to STEM success. Urban Education, 49, 698-727. http://uex.sagepub.com/content/49/6/698

Porche, M. V., Fortuna, L. R., Lin, J., & Alegria, M. (2011). Childhood trauma events and psychiatric disorders as correlates of school dropout in a national sample of young adults. Child Development, 82, 982-998. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01534.x/abstract

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