Josefina Bañales, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology

Dr. Josefina Bañales is an Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines adolescents’ critical racial consciousness development, or how youth develop beliefs, feelings, and behaviors that challenge racism. She investigates the extent to which social contexts (e.g., racial/ethnic messages from parents and schools) and individual sociocultural factors (e.g., ethnic-racial identity) inform youth’s critical racial consciousness development.

Research Interest Summary

Youth and families of color; youth critical consciousness; parent racial socialization, youth civic and political engagement; youth racial identity; anti-racism action

Research Interests

  • Youth and families of color 
  • Youth critical consciousness
  • Parent racial socialization
  • School racial socialization 
  • Youth civic and political engagement 
  • Youth racial identity 
  • Anti-racism action 

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