Postdoctoral Fellow in Education
Secondary Lecturer on Education
Michael Sladek is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral research fellow and adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Situated within cultural-ecological theories of human development, Sladek’s program of research examines how adolescents cope with daily life stress as they navigate transitions in educational settings, and the implications of these stress responses for health, well-being, and academic success. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award, and the National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Broadening Participation for Underrepresented Groups in the Social Sciences. His dissertation focused on Latinx students across the college transition, using daily diary and experimental approaches to examine the roles of students’ cultural values, university initiatives to promote cultural diversity and inclusion, and their influences on physiological stress responses. He has authored and co-authored over 15 peer-reviewed publications, and is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development Latino Caucus and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression Caucus. Sladek teaches research practicum at HGSE, including a qualitative methods course focused on understanding how schools, peers, and families shape ethnic-racial identity development for high school students (2019-2020). He received his B.A. with honors in psychology from Northwestern University and M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology with a developmental concentration from Arizona State University.