Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong
Associate Professor, CFT Program Director
Dr. Sterrett's broad research interest is the potential of relationships with adults and mentors in natural contexts (families, schools, communities) to reduce health disparities affecting ethnic minority, sexual minority, and low-income youth. Related to this interest, over the past six years I have been developing a two-line program of research on: (1) positive non-parental adults and mentors and their role in reducing youth health disparities and (2) additional ecological influences that can narrow youth health disparities.
Previously, I conducted investigations of the role of non-parental adults in the lives of African American and Latino youth. Currently, I am the Co-Principal Investigator of a study to examine the effects of three different models of developmental mentoring, in which high school students act as mentors to middle school students, on school attendance and behavior among a sample of ethnically diverse, at-risk youth in the 6th grade. I am also collaborating on a study to develop an intervention to decrease childhood obesity among low-income African American children.
Finally, in the future, I plan to examine the role of non-parental adults in promoting health behaviors among young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM), who exhibit the highest HIV incidence rate of all demographic groups. I am a board member of the West Louisville Community Ministries, which provides financial assistance and training to low-income families, and also, in general, have an interest in participating in mentoring programs for under-served youth. My teaching interests are clinical supervision, evidence-based practice, and psychopathology.