Deborah Rivas-Drake

Associate Professor
University of Michigan

Deborah Rivas-Drake is associate professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Contexts of Academic and Social Adjustment (CASA) Lab. Together with the CASA Lab, Dr. Rivas-Drake is exploring how schools, families, peers, and communities influence the development of ethnic and racial identity, and how such identities shape youths’ academic and psychological outcomes. Her most recent research examines the role of friendships in school and parent-adolescent relationships in shaping ethnic-racial identity and academic outcomes over time. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Rivas-Drake was an assistant professor at Brown University and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at New York University.