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Adele Malpert

Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Program: Community Research and Action
Admission Year: 2015
Prior to joining the Community Research and Action program for her doctoral studies, Adele earned a B.A. (2015) in Psychology with a minor in French Language and Literature from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. During her time at Rhodes, Adele completed a two-year research fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, working under Dr. Tara Brinkman to examine emotional distress in parents of long-term childhood cancer survivors. Adele also served as member of the Community Narrative Research Project, an ongoing research project led by Dr. Elizabeth Thomas and Dr. Marsha Walton examining identity development in Rhodes College students participating in a national service learning program. Adele's work on this project culminated in her Honors thesis entitled “The Community Narrative Research Project: Organizational Change Through College-Based Community Research Initiatives”


Adele is broadly interested in participatory research, storytelling, and Positive Youth Development as  frameworks for promoting youth engagement in learning and change within community-based organizations. Recently, Adele has been particularly interested in OST contexts and the roles youth voices play in program development and decision making. Her current projects primarily focus on youth-driven explorations of facilitators and barriers to attendance and engagement in OST programming. Adele also works with Dr. Kimberly Bess to examine data sharing practices between city school-districts and after-school programs, and with Dr. Maury Nation to explore predictors of youth safety and wellbeing through participatory mapping.