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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 encompass minoritized children’s educational outcomes and understanding what factors promote or inhibit their academic success. More specifically, I am interested in examining gender differences in educational contexts and the effects of the school environment on minoritized children's social, emotional, and academic development. 

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Biology, Early Experiences, and Development Lab, University of Georgia Graduate Research Assistant 1

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Black Caucus Student Poster Presentation, 2nd Place Society for Research on Child Development 2021
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia 2021
FACS Fund for Excellence Family and Consumer Sciences 2021
Eleonora M. Costa Graduate Support Fund Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia 2019

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpa Alpha Alpha 2022-2023 President
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

Dr. Kalsea Koss

Dr. Steven Kogan

Conference Presentations

Sansbury, A.B., & Morton, L. (2022 April). “Haunting “Dee” Freemans: The Invisible Monsters shaping school inequality and experiences for Black girls. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Virtual.

Morton, L, Anderson, L.A., Caughy, M.O., Osborne, K., Suma, K., & Little, T.D. (2021 November). Changes in ethnic identity in middle childhood: Family and neighborhood determinants. Paper presented at the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference, 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 presented at 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 presented in 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 presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference, Virtual.

Morton, L., Anderson, L.A., Suma, K., Osborne, K., Walsdorf, A., Owen, M., & Caughy, M. (2020 November). Examining the moderating effects of racial socialization on the relationship between neighborhoods and identity development in Black and Latinx youth. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Virtual.

Professional Affiliations

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)

Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Omega, Public Health Honorary Society

Beta Gamma Chapter Alpha Alpha Alpha, National Honorary Society

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.

Job Description

I am the lab manager for the Social Determinants of Child Development (SDCD) Lab. In this position, I manage lab tasks and goals, oversee undergraduate research assistants, and facilitate communication with the team at the University of Texas at Dallas to maintain and advance the goals of the Dallas Project on Education Pathways (DPrEP).

Working Papers

Morton, L, Anderson, L.A., Caughy, M.O., Osborne, K., Suma, K., & Little, T.D. (under revision). Changes in ethnic identity in middle childhood: Family and neighborhood determinants.

Morton, L., & Curtis, M.G. (under review). Who can I become? Black girls’ possible selves, schools, and misogynoir.

Sansbury, A.B., & Morton, L. (under revision). “Haunting “Dee” Freemans: The Invisible Monsters shaping school inequality and experiences for Black girls.

Anderson, L.A., Morton, L., & Trejo, A. (under revision). The cumulative witnessing of racial violence for Black youth and families.

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