Year entered Program: 2016
Research Interests: Academic socialization among low-income, ethnic-minority families, and immigrant families
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Diane Hughes
Trenel E. Francis is a doctoral student in the Psychology and Social Intervention (PSI) program at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Department of Applied Psychology. Her current research interests include exploring and understanding parental academic expectations, parental involvement, and other academic socialization practices among racial-ethnic minority and immigrant families from a strengths-based perspective. Specifically, she examines how these parental beliefs and practices influence adolescents' academic outcomes in her work. At NYU, Trenel works alongside Dr. Diane L. Hughes on a longitudinal, mixed-methods study that explores how early adolescents learn race. She has also contributed to literature on immigrant families' access to health and human services, as well as literature on hook-up behavior and emerging adults' relationship attitudes and expectations. Trenel has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Human Development and a minor in Education from Cornell University.