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LaRen Morton

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Assistant

114 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

Laren.Morton@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelor of Science Family Science University of Maryland, College Park 2019

Research

My research interests largely encompass African American children’s educational outcomes and academic achievement. Specifically, I am interested in how contextual factors, such as a child’s home and school, can impact African American children’s academic achievement.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
University of Maryland, College Park - Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology | Family Involvement Laboratory Undergraduate Research Assistant 2
University of Maryland, College Park - Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology | Early Childhood Interaction Laboratory Undergraduate Research Assistant 1

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Eleonora M. Costa Graduate Support Fund Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia. 2019
The Elanie Johnson Award University of Maryland, College Park - Student Success Initiative 2018

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Graduate Student Organization (GSO) 2020-2021 President
Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD) 2019 Conference Abstract Reviewer

Advisory Committee

Dr. Margaret Caughy - Major Professor

Conference Presentations

Acosta, J., Garcia, K., Morton, L., & Cabrera, N. J. (2018 June). Parent stress and parent engagement among low-income, ethnic minority parents. Poster accepted to National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC), Arlington, VA.

Morton, L., Anderson, L. A., Suma, K., Osborne, K. R., Walsdorf, A. A., & Caughy, M. O. (2020 November). Contextual Determinants of Ethnic Identity Development Among Low-Income Black and Latinx School Children. Poster accepted to National Council on Family Relation (NCFR), Virtual.

Morton, L., & Caughy, M. (2021 April). The effects of a school’s ethnic-racial composition on Black girl’s academic engagement and academic motivation. Poster accepted to the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference, Virtual.

Morton, L., Anderson, L., Suma, K., Osborne, K., Walsdorf, A., Owen, M., & Caughy, M. (2021, April) Examining the influence of contextual factors on parent’s cultural socialization and Black and Latinx children’s ethnic identity development. Poster accepted to the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference, Virtual.

Trejo, A., Morton, L., & Osborne, K. (2021, April). Experiences of the sociopolitical climate among Black and Latinx parents. Flash Talk Paper accepted to the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference, Virtual.

Professional Affiliations

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) | 2019 – Present

Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Omega, Public Health Honorary Society | 2019 – Present

Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) | 2018 – 2019

Current Research

Currently, I am a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Margaret Caughy and the team for the Dallas Project on Education Pathways (formally known as DPReP — the Dallas Preschool Readiness Project). The goal of this project is to understand the various cultural, familial, and contextual factors that impact the academic achievement and development of self-regulation in African American and Latinx children as they transition into middle school.

Working Papers

Anderson, L. A., Morton, L., Suma, K., Osborne, K. R., Walsdorf, A. A., & Caughy, M. O. (in preparation). The effects of neighborhood characteristics on ethnic identity development in Black American and Latino youth.

Caughy, M., Brinkley, D., Morton, L., Brown, G., Suma, K., Attridge, P. (under review). Development of a new measure of parent-child activation: Differences between fathers and mothers and relations to child outcomes.

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