Vonnie C. McLoyd, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Research Scientist at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her scholarly work focuses on the impact of economic disadvantage and employment-related transitions on family life and child development, the mediators and moderators of these impacts, and the implications of research on these issues for both practice and policy. Dr. McLoyd also has a long-standing interest in how race, ethnicity, and culture shape child socialization and development. She is director of a training program at UNC in research on Black child development, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. McLoyd's work has been published in several journals. She is coeditor of Economic Stress: Effects on Family Life and Child Development (1990, Jossey Bass); Studying Minority Adolescents: Conceptual, Methodological, and Theoretical Issues (1998, Erlbaum); and two special issues of the journal Child Development.
Dr. McLoyd is the recipient of several awards, including the Ruben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations, the William T. Grant Faculty Scholars Award in Child Mental Health, the MacArthur Fellow Award, and the 2003 Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award from Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) of the American Psychological Association. She is president-elect of the Society for Research on Adolescence and a member of the Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and Public Policy, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Nancy E. Hill, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duke University and Research Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Developmental Science at the University of