Onnie Rogers Assistant Professor

Program Area(s):

Personality and Health; Social


Identity; child and adolescent development; race/ethnicity and gender stereotypes

Research Interests:

My research curiosities lie at the intersection of psychology, human development and education. I am interested in social and educational inequities and the mechanisms through which macro-level disparities are both perpetuated and disrupted at the micro-level of identities and relationships. I ask how our social groups, and the cultural stereotypes that accompany them, shape how we see ourselves and interact with others. My specific area of research investigates identity development among racially diverse youth in urban contexts. I examine how children and adolescents make sense of their racial, ethnic and gender identities; how cultural stereotypes and expectations shape the development and intersectionality of these identities; and the ways in which multiple identities influence adolescents’ social-emotional and academic outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Rogers, L. O., E. Niwa, and N. Way. Forthcoming. The friendships of racial-ethnic minority adolescents in context: Identity and discrimination. In Handbook of Positive Development of Minority Children, ed. N. Cabrera and B. Leyendecker. The Netherlands: Springer.

Rogers, L. O., and A. Meltzoff. 2016. Is gender more important and meaningful than race? An analysis of racial and gender identity among black, white, and mixed-race childrenCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Rogers, L. O., and N. Way. 2016. “I have goals to prove all those people wrong and not fit into any one of those boxes”: Paths of resistance to stereotypes among Black adolescent malesJournal of Adolescent Research 31: 263–98.

Ghavami, N., D. Kastiaficas, and L. O. Rogers. 2016. Toward an intersectional approach in developmental science: The role of race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigrant status. In Advances in Child Development and Behavior, vol. 50, ed. S. Horn, M. Ruck, and L. Liben, 31–73. Burlington, Mass.: Academic Press.

Rogers, L. O., M. Scott, and N. Way. 2015. Racial and gender identity development among Black adolescent males: An intersectionality perspectiveChild Development 86: 407–24. 

Way, N., and L. O. Rogers. 2015. “[T]hey say Black men won’t make it, but I know I’m gonna make it”: Identity development in the context of cultural stereotypes. In Oxford Handbook of Identity Development, ed. M. Syed and K. McLean, 269–85. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.