Samantha E. Lawrence
Ph.D., Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention &
Diversity and Culture
Human Development and Family Studies
Entered the Program: 2017
- Areas of Specialization: Diversity and Culture; Child and Adolescent Development; Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention
- M.A., Human Development and Family Sciences, UConn, 2019
- B.A., Psychological Sciences & Human Development and Family Studies, UConn Honors College, 2017
- Experiences, consequences, and prevention of group/identity-based discrimination and victimization (e.g., discrimination and victimization based on ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental health, body weight)
- Cultural differences in nature and consequences of family weight stigma
Major Advisor: Rebecca Puhl
Associate Advisor: Marlene Schwartz
Associate Advisor: Ryan J. Watson
- Fall 2020-Spring 2021: Instructor (Human Development: Infancy through Adolescence)
- Summer 2020: Instructor (Diversity Issues in HDFS)
- Fall 2019-Spring 2020: Instructor (Adolescent Development)
- Spring 2019: Instructor (Research Methods in HDFS)
- Fall 2017-Spring 2019: Research Assistantship (Developmental Aspects of Sexual Health (DASH) Lab, Advisor: Eva S. Lefkowitz)
- Fall 2018: Teaching Assistantship (Research Methods in HDFS, Advisor: Keith Bellizzi)
- Fall 2017-Spring 2018: Teaching Assistantship (Family Interaction Processes, Advisor: Louisa Baker)
- 2020 University Outstanding Instructor Award, UConn Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
- 2020 Graduate Student Mentorship Excellence Award, UConn Office of Undergraduate Research
- 2020 Graduate Student Research Grant, UConn Human Rights Institute
- 2019 Outstanding Instructor in Human Development and Family Sciences Award
- 2018, 2019 Provost’s Acknowledgment for Teaching Excellence
- 2019 Mattoon-Kline Endowed Scholarship Fund
- 2019 Human Development and Family Sciences Departmental Award
- 2019 Predoctoral Graduate School Fellowship Award in support of summer research efforts in the doctoral program, UConn Graduate School
- 2018 Evaluations of school-based rights violations of transgender and gender non-conforming youth: A social ecological perspective, Wood/Raith Living Trust Summer Fellowship, UConn
- 2018 Summer Fellowship for Advanced Graduate Students in support of summer research efforts, UConn Graduate School
- 2018 L. Eugene Thomas Human Development and Family Studies Award
Lessard, L. M., Lawrence, S. E., & Puhl, R. M. (2021). Weight-Based Victimization and School Performance in Adolescence: Can Teachers Help Reduce Academic Risks? School Psychology, 36(1), 69-74. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000371.
Brenick, A., Lawrence, S. E., Carvalheiro, D., & Berger, R. (2019). Teaching tolerance or acting tolerant? Evaluating skills- and contact-based prejudice reduction interventions among palestinian-israeli and jewish-israeli youth. Journal of School Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2019.07.001
Berger, R., Brenick, A., Lawrence, S. E., Lila Coco, & Abu-Raiya, H. (2018). The effectiveness and durability of contact- and skills-based approaches to prejudice reduction. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 59, 46-53. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2018.04.002
Manuscripts Submitted for Review:
Lawrence, S. E., Walters, T. L., Farina, R. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2021). College students’ sexual motives, experiences, and drinking-related protective behavioral strategies. [Manuscript under review].
Lawrence, S. E., Walters, T. L., Clark, A. N., Zhang, Y., Hanna-Walker, V, Farina, R. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2021). LGBTQ+ college students’ social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Manuscript under review].
Zhang, Y., Farina, R. E., Lawrence, S. E., Walters, T. L., Clark, A. N., Hanna-Walker, V., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2021). How social support and parent-child relationship quality relate to LGBTQ+ college students’ well-being during COVID-19. [Manuscript under review].
Manuscripts in Preparation
Lawrence, S. E., Puhl, R. M., Schwartz, M., & Watson, R. J. (in preparation). Links between parents’ beliefs about obesity, weight bias internalization, and weight communication practices with children.
Lawrence, S. E., Puhl, R. M.,& Foster, G. D. (in preparation). A mixed-methods examination of the nature and psychosocial/health consequences of family weight stigma.
Lawrence, S. E., Puhl, R. M., Watson, R. J., Schwartz, M. Lessard, L. M., & Foster, G. D. (in preparation). The psychosocial and health consequences of family weight stigma across six countries.
Lessard, L. M. & Lawrence, S. E. (in preparation). Weight-Based Disparities in Youth Mental Health: Scope, Social Underpinnings, and Implications for Policy.
Lefkowitz, E. S., Waterman, E. A., Lawrence, S. E., Hanna-Walker, V., Walters, T. L., & Farina, R. E. (in preparation). Sex-related alcohol expectancies: Between- and within-person correlates and changes over time.
For more information on Samantha’s research and teaching pedagogy, see her website.