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Andrea L. DaViera, MA

Graduate Student, Community and Prevention Research

Psychology

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Contact

Building & Room:

BSB 1080

Address:

1007 West Harrison Street

About

Andrea L. DaViera (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in the Community and Prevention Research Program. Her research interests coalesce around two main lines of inquiry: 1) unveiling structural and systemic violence, particularly within the criminal legal system, and 2) exploring sociopolitical development of young people, specifically youth and student organizing and activism. In addition to her research, Andrea is an active community organizer and instructor of record.

Advisor: Dr. Amanda Roy

 

Selected Publications

Grant, A., & DaViera, A., L., (in press). Beyond good intentions: Principles of anti-racist community-engaged research. In E. Anderson (ed) Ethical Issues in Stakeholder-Engaged Health Research (forthcoming).

Roy, A. L., Isaia, A., DaViera, A., Eisenberg, Y., & Poulos, C., (2021). Redefining exposure: Using mobile technology and geospatial analysis to explore when and where Chicago adolescents are exposed to neighborhood characteristics. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12490

 

DaViera, A. L., Roy, A. L., Uriostegui, M., & *Fiesta, D. (2020) Safe spaces embedded in dangerous contexts: How Chicago youth navigate daily life and demonstrate resilience in high-crime neighborhoods. American Journal of Community Psychology. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12434

DaViera, A. L. & Roy, A. L., (2019). Chicago youths’ exposure to community violence: Contextualizing spatial dynamics of violence and the relationship with psychological functioning. American Journal of Community Psychology, DOI:10.1002/ajcp.12405

Service to Community

DaViera, A., L., & Grant, A., (2020). Police reform vs. Abolition as first and second-order change: The case of Chicago. The Community Psychologist. Retrieved from http://www.scra27.org/publications/tcp/tcp-past-issues/tcpfall2020/special-feature-racial-capitalism-covid-19-and-compounding-inequalities/

DaViera, A. L., Cuartas, J., & Roy, A. L., (2019). Impact of community violence on youth. Community Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.communitypsychology.com/impact-community-violence-youth/

Notable Honors

2021, Provost Graduate Research Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2020, Provost Graduate Internship Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2020, Psychology Undergraduate Research Readiness Mentor Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2019, Psychology Undergraduate Research Readiness Mentor Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2015, Libraries Student Employee (PULSE) Award, Purdue University

2014, College Success Advocate, Twenty-First Century Scholars

2013, College Success Advocate, Twenty-First Century Scholars

2012, College Success Advocate, Twenty-First Century Scholars

2012, Bernice A. Carroll Award, Feminism, Social Justice and Peace Studies, Purdue University

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. Community and Prevention Research, Expected August 2023
Dissertation title: A Qualitative Investigation of University Student Organizing and How it Supports School Success at a Minority-Serving Institution
Chair: Dr. Amanda L. Roy
Minor Concentration: Statistics and Research Methods

M.A. Community and Prevention Research, March 2019
Thesis title: Chicago Youth’s Exposure to Community Violence: Exploring Spatial Dynamics of Violence and Psychological Functioning

Supplemental Training: 2021 Critical Participatory Action Research Intensive, Public Science Project, City University of New York

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.S. Psychological Sciences, August 2015
Minor Concentration: Human Development and Family Studies

Selected Presentations

  1. DaViera, A. L. & Roy, A. L., (2022 April). Is being critical, political? Understanding critical consciousness in terms of political affiliation. In Ford, K. (Chair) Societal Beliefs and Youth’s Aspirations as Strategies for Change. Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Conference, Chicago, IL.
  2. Bailey, C., DaViera, A. L., Kivell, N., Lakind, D., LoCurto, J., Renner, M., Rennick, J., Stacy, S., & Siegal, R. (authors alphabetical). (2021 June). Identifying and unlinking carcerality from community psychology: An abolition teach-in (Preconference workshop). Society for Community Research and Action 2021 Biennial Conference (virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  3. DaViera, A. L., Uriostegui, M., & Onyeka, O., (2021 June). Risk, race, and predictive policing: A Critical Race Theory analysis of the strategic subject list. In DaViera, A.L. (Chair) Using Critical Approaches to Build the Evidence-Base for Abolition. Society for Community Research and Action 2021 Biennial Conference (virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).
  4. Areguy, F., Bailey, C., DaViera, A. L., Kivell, N., Lakind, D., & Renner, M. (authors alphabetical). (2021 June). Fostering transnational solidarity and imagination for abolition: Directions for Community Psychology research and action. In DaViera, A.L. (Chair) Using Critical Approaches to Build the Evidence-Base for Abolition. Society for Community Research and Action 2021 Biennial Conference (virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).