Department Chair, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
Professor, Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology
Lynch School of Education
Dr. Coley's research centers on delineating the key family, school, and community processes which transmit economic and social inequality to children’s and adolescents’ development. Her specific research foci include: family and community poverty; housing and community development; family structure and parenting; father involvement; early childhood education; and youth health risk behaviors. A leader with several international professional associations, Coley was recently elected co-chair of the Policy and Communications Committee at the Society for Research in Child Development. She’s also co-chair of the Social Policy Committee at the Society for Research on Adolescence and a Consulting Editor with Child Development. Coley's work has appeared in publications as diverse as Science and Teen Vogue.