Dr. McLoyd is a developmental psychologist who studies the interactive influences of race, ethnicity, family and economic hardship on human development. She examines social variables in detail to understand how they contribute to the way an individual grows and changes. She has been a pioneer in attempting to describe the psychological processes through which economic deprivation influences African-American families and children. Her work helps to provide the basic information needed for the development of effective prevention and intervention programs for African-American communities. McLoyd has served on the editorial boards of Child Development, Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Black Psychology and the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and was an associate editor of Child Development. She also presided over the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Ph.D. and M.A. University of Michigan; B.A. Talladega College