University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Shannon Snapp, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Frances McClelland Institute
650 N Park Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078
(520) 621-2557

Shannon D. Snapp is a developmental psychologist with interests in health, well-being, sexuality, gender, and sociocultural contexts that support youth.

Snapp joined the Frances McClelland Institute of Children, Youth, and Families in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2011. She is on the leadership team of the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation funded transdisciplinary research team that studies sexuality, health, and rights for youth. She is a blogger for the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and has served on emerging scholar boards for both SRA and the European Association for Research on Adolescence. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Psychology at Boston College and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Kansas.

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • Adolescent health and well-being
  • Interpersonal and sociocultural contexts that support children and youth
  • Sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, and intersectionality
  • Body image and protective factors
  • Mixed methods research (basic and applied)

Research Focus:

For more on Snapp’s research and collaborators, click here.

Subjects Taught:

  • Professional Development for Graduate Students
  • Adolescent Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods

Recent Publications

Snapp, S., Hoenig, J., Fields, A., & Russell, S.T. (2015). Messy, butch, and queer: LGBTQ youth and the school-to-prison pipeline. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30, 57-82. doi: 10.1177/0743558414557625

Snapp, S., Ryu, E., & Kerr, J. (2015). The upside to hooking up: College students’ positive hookup experiences, International Journal of Sexual Health, 27, 1, 43-56. doi: 10.1080/19317611.2014.939247

Related Links:

Read this opinion editorial on restorative justice, a promising solution to disrupt school pushout, co-authored with Jennifer Hoenig.

Read more about school pushout for LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth in research reports coauthored by the Gay Straight Alliance Network and the Crossroads Collaborative.

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