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Marlena Debreaux

Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Program: Community Research and Action
Admission Year: 2017

Marlena Debreaux is a current doctoral student in the Community Research and Action Program at Vanderbilt University. Previously, she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Louisville and American University, respectively. Her primary interests are describing the normal developmental experiences of multicultural youth in understudied contexts and analyzing the way in which community institutions and organizations facilitate or inhibit positive youth development for young people of color.  She is specifically interested in determining the ways in which discrimination and socialization experiences contribute to racial and ethnic identity development of African American and Bi-racial identified youth.