Bridget Cheeks

Assistant Professor

Human Development and Family Studies

Email Address:

Phone: 336.256.0096

Bio & Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • HDF 321 – Issues in Parenting
  • HDF 303 – Adolescent Development: Puberty – Young Adulthood


My research focuses on parental racial socialization and its implications for African American adolescents’ and college students’ positive development. Specifically, I am interested in the development of youth’s racial identity beliefs, their academic motivation, and psychological well-being and resilience, especially in contexts where they may encounter racial discrimination. I use various quantitative and qualitative approaches (e.g., daily diary, clustering techniques, mixed-methods) that allow me to examine within-group variation in youth outcomes and parent-child communication.