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Luke Rapa

Assistant Professor of Adolescent Development

Office: 409-F Tillman Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3872
Email: LRAPA@clemson.edu
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Educational Psychology
Michigan State University 2016

MA English
Grand Valley State University 2010

BA English
Grand Valley State University 2003

Profile

Dr. Rapa's research rests at the intersection of developmental and educational psychologies. Broadly, Rapa studies how contextual, sociocultural, and sociopolitical factors—including socioeconomic disadvantage, structural constraints, and societal inequality—shape key developmental and psychological processes and promote or constrain adolescents’ development and academic success. More specifically, Rapa's program of research examines (1) how adolescents critically analyze societal inequities and develop the motivation and agency to redress such inequities, or develop “critical consciousness”; (2) how youth navigate structural constraints or marginalizing systems (e.g., institutional racism, discrimination, stereotypes in school) to achieve academic success and well-being; and (3) how social identity threats shape development and how and social-psychological interventions can bolster academic performance and promote well-being.

Courses Taught

EDF3350 - Adolescent Development
EDF9750 - Mixed Methods

Research Interests

Adolescent Development
Critical Consciousness
Marginalizing Systems & Marginalized Youth
Social Identity Threat
Social-Psychological Interventions used in Educational Contexts