College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Doctoral Candidate & Graduate Research Assistant
|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|
|Chi Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron||2023-2024||Vice President|
|Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpa Alpha Alpha||2022-2023||President|
|Chi Chapter of 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
Morton, L., Anderson, L.A., Caughy, M.O., Osborne, K., Suma, K., & Little, T.D. (2023). Changes in ethnic identity in middle childhood: Family and neighborhood determinants. Journal of Early Adolescence, Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/02724316231182292
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., Caughy, M., & Koss, K. (under review). The effects of school racial composition on changes in Black children’s academic engagement and motivation during late elementary school.
Osborne, K.R*., Morton, L.*, Anderson, L. A., Owen, M. T., & Caughy, M.O. (under review). Experiences of the sociopolitical climate among Black parents: A mixed methods analysis.
*both authors contributed equally to the work