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Dominique Lyew

Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Program: Community Research and Action
Admission Year: 2015

Dominique Lyew entered the doctoral program in Community Research and Action in Fall 2015. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Dominique completed her B.A in Psychology with a minor in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. As an undergraduate, Dominique worked in research labs focused on group behavior in design teams; web-based interventions for anxiety and depression; and social perception. She received an Undergraduate Research Grant for her honors thesis entitled: 'The Effect of Culture and Context on Race Perception'. She was also the recipient of a Haas Center for Public Service Summer Fellowship for her project ‘Design Thinking for Community Change.’ After college, Dominique worked for the Good Judgment Project, a global study of decision making and prediction based at the University of California Berkeley. 

Dominique is broadly interested in studying power, and specifically interested in how community research is used in development efforts in countries in the Global South. Another area of interest is in youth civic engagement, particularly how youth come to be engaged in their communities and social change efforts. At the moment, she is primarily focused on the experiences of marginalized communities but she is also interested in studying communities that marginalize others. 

Dominique’s main advisor is Dr. Doug Perkins, who she works with on the Global Development of Applied Community Studies project. She has also been involved in research with Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt on disability identity and inclusive education; and Dr. Carol Nixon on after-school networks. Upon graduation, Dominique plans to continue research related to participatory ‘development' and civic engagement in the Global South.