Wendy de los Reyes, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowwdlr@umich.edu
Wendy de los Reyes is a T32 postdoctoral research fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, funded through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Much of Wendy's work is contextualized by her identity as an immigrant, a Latina, and a first-generation college student. She migrated to the U.S. from Cuba at the age of 6, and grew up in a diverse immigrant community in Miami, Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from DePaul University in 2023, and is also an aluma of the University of Miami (B.S.Ed. '13, M.S.Ed. '16). Her interests include taking an asset-based approach to examining the healthy development of immigrant-origin adolescents, with an emphasis on youth sociopolitical development. She uses a mixture of quantitative, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods.
Laura-Ann Jacobs, Ph.D.
Laura-Ann is a postdoctoral research fellow with the National Center for Institutional Diversity Stepping uP Against Racism and Xenophobia (SPARX) Project. Laura-Ann is a Korean American adoptee. She grounds her work in the qualities of creativity, compassion, and connectedness, and her research pursues questions about how people learn about their identities, how they choose to share their stories, and how they make their mark on the world. Laura-Ann graduated in 2021 from the University of Michigan with a doctorate in Educational Studies with a specialization in Literacy, Language, and Culture. Her dissertation focused on preparing secondary English Language Arts teachers for antiracist pedagogical change for the purposes of disrupting educational inequity and creating spaces for students to explore and express themselves. Her current work centers around how people individually and collectively translate our stated commitments of justice into action for the purpose of social change.