Marginalized Youth and Families

The Marginalized Youth and Families area focuses on young people (ages 0-21) who are supervised by the child welfare and/or juvenile legal systems—including youth who are institutionalized, living at home, with foster parents, kinship caregivers, or adoptive parents—as well as youth who are Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (BIPOC), poor, LGBTQ+, undocumented immigrants, have a parent with a chronic mental illness, and/or are intellectually or developmentally disabled. Social forces (e.g., racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, stigma related to mental health or ability status), public policies, neighborhood conditions, systems responses, and family circumstances are among the factors that often collude to marginalize, stigmatize, and impede the healthy development and long-term success of these youth and their families. Our work examines these factors in relation to youth outcomes and evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of various policies and programs designed to support youth, build on their strengths, and optimize their development.

Michele Brock
Senior Clinical Instructor and Director of Community Programs

Pilar Horner
Associate Professor

Angie Kennedy
Associate Professor, Associate Director for Research, and Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Gender in Global Context

Kyunhee Lee
Associate Professor

Kune Park
Assistant Professor

Carla Pfeffer
Associate Professor and Director, Consortium for Sexual and Gender Minority Health

Joanne Riebschleger
Associate Professor and Director of PhD Program

Pilar Horner
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Social Science