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Onnie Rogers

Associate Professor

Research Interests:

My research curiosities lie at the intersection of psychology, human development and education. I am interested in social and educational inequities and the mechanisms through which macro-level disparities are both perpetuated and disrupted at the micro-level of identities and relationships. I ask how our social groups, and the cultural stereotypes that accompany them, shape how we see ourselves and interact with others. My specific area of research investigates identity development among racially diverse youth in urban contexts. I examine how children and adolescents make sense of their racial, ethnic and gender identities; how cultural stereotypes and expectations shape the development and intersectionality of these identities; and the ways in which multiple identities influence adolescents’ social-emotional and academic outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Rogers, L. O., *Rosario, R. J., *Padilla, D., & *Foo, C. (2021) “[I]t’s hard because it’s the cops that are killing us for stupid stuff”: Developing racial identity in the context of Black Lives Matter. Developmental Psychology, 57(1), 87–101:

Williams (Derlan), C. D., Byrd, C. M., Quintana, S. M., Anicama, C., Kiang, L., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J...Rogers, L. O., &, Whitesell, N. (2020). A lifespan model of ethnic-racial identity. Research in Human Development, 17(2-3), 99-129. doi:

Rogers, L. O., Kiang, L., White, L., Calzada, E. J., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Derlan, C. D., Marks, A., & Whitesell, N. (2020). Persistent Concerns: Questions for Research on Ethnic-Racial Identity DevelopmentResearch in Human Development, 17(2-3), 130-153: doi: 10.1080/15427609.2020.1831881  

Rogers, L. O. (2020). “I’m Kind of a Feminist”: Using master narratives to analyze gender identity in middle childhood. Child Development, 91, 179-196. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13142?af=R.

Rogers, L. O. (2019). Commentary on economic inequality: What and who constitutes research on socialinequality in developmental science? Developmental Psychology, Special Issue: “Children’s and Adolescents’ Understanding and Experiences of Economic Inequality: Implications for Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice.” 55, 586-591,

Rogers, L. O. (2018). Who am I, who are we? Erikson and a transactional approach to identity research. IdentitySpecial Issue: “50 years since the publication of ‘Identity: Youth and Crisis’, 18, 284-294.