College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Assistant, and Social Determinants of Child Development (SDCD) Lab Manager
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Bachelor of Science||Family Science||University of Maryland, College Park||2019|
|Master of Science||Human Development and Family Science||University of Georgia||2022|
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.
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.
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization||Title||Years of Service|
|Biology, Early Experiences, and Development Lab, University of Georgia||Graduate Research Assistant||1|
|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|
|Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpa Alpha Alpha||2022-2023||President|
|Phi Upsilon Omicron||2022-2023||Secretary|
|Graduate Student Organization (GSO)||2020-2021||President|
|Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD)||2019||Conference Abstract Reviewer|
Dr. Margaret Caughy - Major Professor
Dr. Kalsea Koss
Dr. Michael Barger
Anderson, L.A., Morton, L., & Trejo, A. (2022). To be young, conscious and Black: The cumulative witnessing of racial violence for Black youth and families. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12466
Morton, L, Anderson, L.A., Caughy, M.O., Odejimi, O., Osborne, K., Suma, K., & Little, T.D. (under review at the Journal of Early Adolescence). Changes in ethnic identity in middle childhood: Family and neighborhood determinants.
Morton, L., & Curtis, M.G. (under review at Equity & Excellence in Education). Black girlhood, schooling, and misogynoir: An intersectional framework for conceptualizing barriers to Black girls' educational achievement.
Sansbury, A.B., & Morton, L. (under revision). “Haunting “Dee” Freemans: The Invisible Monsters shaping school inequality and experiences for Black girls.