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Kelly A. Minor

Dr. Kelly A. Minor is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Dr. Minor conducts research that focuses on positive youth development, especially among disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. The overarching goal of this research is to identify methods for mitigating inequalities, and seeks to answer a core developmental question–what are the individual and contextual factors and mechanisms that promote positive psychosocial and educational developmental trajectories? In her primary line of research, Dr. Minor investigates the roles that developmental assets (e.g., self-regulation, school climate) and socioeconomic and racial/ethnic inequalities play in adolescents’ enrollment and success in postsecondary educational programs. Her research on these topics has been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Texas OnCourse Initiative, and shared in international publications such as the Journal for Research on Adolescence. Dr. Minor remains engaged in service as an editorial board member for the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and by working with youth development organizations on curriculum development and program evaluation. She recently served on the board of directors for LEAD Girls of NC, and previously volunteered with Citizen Schools (Boston) and Usher’s New Look Foundation (Atlanta). Wherever she is, Dr. Minor is committed to promoting the positive development of tomorrow’s leaders.

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