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Valerie Futch
Valerie Futch, PhD
Adjunct Faculty - School of Psychology

PhD, City University of New York
New York, NY, 2011

Areas of Instruction:

  • Social Bases of Behavior

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Qualitative Methods
  • Adolescent Development
  • Community-based Research and Evaluation

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI, APA Div 9)
  • Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP, APA Section of Div 5)
  • American Education Research Association
  • Society for Research on Adolescence


  • Futch, V. A. and Fine, M. (In Press). Recovering the history and theoretical commitments of mapping as a method. Qualitative Research in Psychology.
  • Burns, A., Futch, V. A., and Tolman, D. L. (2011). “It’s like doing homework”: Academic achievement discourses in adolescent girls’ fellatio narratives. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 8(3), 239-251.
  • Futch, V. A. (2011). “(Re)presenting spaces of/for “at-opportunity” urban youth.” Curriculum Inquiry, 41(1), 98-109.
  • Futch, V. A. and Jaffe-Walter, R. (2011). “Everybody has an accent here”: Cultivating small schools that work for immigrant youth in New York City. In William Pink (Editor) Schools and Marginalized Youth: An International Perspective. Creekskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Katsiaficas, D., Futch, V. A., Fine, M., and Sirin, S. (2011). Everyday hyphens: Exploring youth identities with methodological and analytic pluralism. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 8(2), 120-139.


  • Futch, V. (2012, October). Collective Identity as a Framework for Understanding Development in Youth Programs and Longer-Term Outcomes for Emerging Adults. Paper presentation at SRCD Emerging Adulthood themed meeting. Tampa, FL.
  • Futch, V. (2012, October). Cultivating contribution: Adolescent engagement and identity development in community theatre. Paper presentation at 9th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Charlotte, NC.
  • Futch, V. (2012, June). Youth organizing and engagement for educational justice. Session chair, 9th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Charlotte, NC.
  • Futch, V. (with P. Lovegrove, A. Henneberger, M. Maier, and R. Larsen). (2012, May). Depolarizing Prevention and Promotion: Positive Youth Development and Substance Use in Adolescence. Society for Prevention Research, Presentation for Sloboda-Bukoski Cup Competition. Washington, DC.
  • Futch, V. (2012, March). Methodological and theoretical questions regarding youth-adult partnerships for social and institutional change. Roundtable participant. 14th Biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.
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