Krista Maywalt Aronson
Summary of Interests
- Attitude development and change
- Immigrant experiences
- Identity development
- Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2003
- M.A. University of Michigan, 2000
- B.A. Ithaca College, 1996
Professor Aronson is broadly interested in how people come to understand complex social constructs like race and how this understanding influences interpersonal interaction and psychological well-being. Her current work is focused in three areas:
- Effective interventions for enhancing intercultural relationships during childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood
- The development and assessment of story book and multimedia based interventions in collaboration with local elementary schools, community agencies, and Bates College.
- The dynamic nature of acculturation and the ways in which Somali and Non-Somali Mainers experience immigration during childhood and adulthood.
- Identity development during adolescence and adulthood, and how children see race.
- How individuals from racial, ethnic and religious minority groups come to understand what it means to them to be a member of a particular group and the connection between identity and important life outcomes.
- How children process and understand race as well as appropriate, effective and productive ways to discuss this topic with them.
- PSYC 211 Personality Psychology
- PSYC 320 Adolescence
- FYS 319 Emerging Adulthood (the psychology of 18-25-year-olds)
- PSYC 372 Racial and Ethnic Identity Development
- PSYC 261 Research Methods
- ED/PY 262 Community-based Research Methods
* indicates Bates student
*Kahn, N. F., & Aronson, K. M. (2012). Jewish American identity: Patterns of centrality and regard. Identity: An International Journal Of Theory And Research, 12(2), 185-190. doi:10.1080/15283488.2012.668729
Scottham, K., & *Dias, R. (2010). Acculturative strategies and the psychological adaptation of Brazilian migrants to Japan. Identity: An International Journal Of Theory And Research, 10(4), 284-303. doi:10.1080/15283488.2010.523587
Scottham, K., Cooke, D., Sellers, R., & Ford, K. (2010). Integrating process with content in understanding African American racial identity development. Self and Identity, 9(1), 19-40. doi:10.1080/15298860802505384
Scottham, K., & Smalls, C. (2009). Unpacking racial socialization: Considering female African American primary caregivers’ racial identity. Journal of Marriage & the Family, 71(4), 807-818. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00636.x
Scottham, K., Sellers, R., & Nguyên, H. (2008). A measure of racial identity in African American adolescents: The development of the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity–Teen. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(4), 297-306. doi:10.1037/1099-9809.14.4.297
Seaton, E., Scottham, K., & Sellers, R. (2006). The Status Model of Racial Identity Development in African American Adolescents: Evidence of Structure, Trajectories, and Well-Being. Child Development, 77(5), 1416-1426. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00944.x