APF-funded research will expand
on revered educational theory
Can Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s
groundbreaking 1950s research help
explain today’s educational achievement
gap? Michael Strambler, PhD, of the
Yale University School of Medicine
hopes to find out with the inaugural
$10,000 APF Kenneth B. and Mamie P.
Clark Early Career Grant.
On average, black and Hispanic
students underperform by about
two grade levels compared with their
white peers, according to the National
Assessment of Education Progress.
Using the Clarks’ concept of “sense of
self,” Strambler is exploring how ethnic
minority students’ perceived social
status, community and school affect
how they view themselves academically,
and how this in turn affects academic
outcomes. Strambler will be collecting
data from eighth-grade students to test
whether social status impacts academic
performance via academic identification
and alternative identification.
to alleviate the
stress that lesbian
women, gay men,
transgender people experience now and
in the future.
Farr, a psychology professor at the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
is studying the adjustment of children
adopted by same-sex couples to
inform policy debates about whether
prospective parents’ sexual orientation
should be considered when screening
Farr’s work has important
ramifications for the more than 100,000
U.S. children waiting to be adopted.
APF grant supports longitudinal
research on adoption and same-
Thanks to a $15,000 Wayne F. Placek
grant, Rachel Farr, PhD, is continuing
the first longitudinal comparison of
adoptive families between lesbian or gay
and heterosexual parents with school-age children.