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Nancy E. Hill

Charles Bigelow Professor of Education

Nancy E. Hill

Degree:  Ph.D., Michigan State University, (1994)
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Phone:  617.496.1182
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Vitae/CV:   Nancy E. Hill.pdf
Office:  Larsen 703
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Nancy Hill is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on parenting and adolescent development. She, along with Alexis Redding, have recently published a book focused on the developmental benefits of delaying adulthood, The End of Adolescence: The Lost Art of Delaying Adulthood, (Harvard University Press, 2021). This book provides evidence for the historical precedence and rationale for extending the time to adulthood.  

In addition, Hill’s research focuses in on two broader areas. First, she studies the ways race, socioeconomic status, and community context interact and impact youths’ opportunities for upward mobility, especially through secondary school and postsecondary transitions. Second, her research focuses on the relational supports and mechanisms associated with adolescents’ emerging sense of purpose and views of the economy as they influence post-secondary transitions to college and career. These include familial and school-based supportive relationships and how they support youth as they engage in school, succeed academically and hone their goals, aspirations, and sense of purpose. Hill is known for her work identifying developmentally sensitive strategies to maintain parental involvement in education during adolescence.

Hill’s current research projects include two research-practice partnerships. One is a longitudinal study following adolescents across high school, focusing on economically and ethnically diverse youth and their emerging sense of purpose and views of the economy as they influence post-secondary transitions to college and career. The second is focused on academic engagement and postsecondary planning among immigrant youth. In addition, she and her colleagues are collaborating with a large urban school district on how families experience school choice and the impact on equitable access to high quality educational opportunities.

Hill’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals in the fields of developmental psychology and education, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Educational Psychology. She has edited five books in the areas of parenting and academic achievement during adolescence and among ethnic minority populations. 

Hill was a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Distinguished Faculty Fellowship to support her engagement with the Massachusetts’ Executive Office on Education, under Governor Deval Patrick. She was awarded the Ernest Hilgard Award for Lifetime contributions to psychology from Division 1 of the American Psychological Association. Hill was named to the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Board on Children Youth and Families. She is President-Elect of the Society for Research in Child Development.

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Areas of Expertise

Society for Research on Adolescence, Social Policy Best Article Award for Hill & Tyson, 2009,(2010)

Sponsored Projects


Conference: Toward a Holistic Developmental Science: Catalyzing Transdisciplinary Multi-Sector Collaborations to Understand and Support Human Development (2022-2023)
National Science Foundation

As developmental science has increased its disciplinary representation, silos of knowledge have developed leading to fragmented knowledge about human development. Because human develop is complex, specialization is often essential to address deep questions. However, innovation is catalyzed at the nexus of transdisciplinary, multisector research—research that is intentionally developed to integrate multiple disciplines, policy, and practice. Whereas the importance of transdisciplinary research has been well established, the difficulty in achieving it has also been acknowledged. As such, this is a proposal for a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Special Topics Conference titled, “Toward a Holistic Developmental Science: Catalyzing Transdisciplinary Multi-Sector Collaborations to Understand and Support Human Development. This conference will take place in St. Louis, MO on September 29-October 1, 2022. Because supporting the next generation of scientists and the integration of science, practice, and community, we are seeking funding to support the attendance of scholars who are early career scholars and/or from underrepresented groups. Because true transdisciplinary, multi-sector collaborations require more than an initial meeting, we are requesting funding for scholar-teams to attend a preconference session prior to the SRCD Biennial Meeting, during which teams will be supported and mentored in realizing their transdisciplinary research projects.


Hill, N. E., (2021). In search of the individual embedded in context: Applications of the Specificity Principle. Journal of Applied Developmental Science, 75.

White, A., Liang, B., Hill, N. E., & Perella, J. (2021). My mentor thinks that I can be someone amazing: Drawing out youths' passions and purpose. Journal of Adolescent Research.

Umana-Taylor, A., J. & Hill, N. E. (2020). Ethnic-racial socialization in the family: A decade's advance on precursors and outcomes. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 82, 244-271.

Price, M., Polk, W., Hill, N. E., Liang, B. & Perella, J. (2019). The intersectionality of identity-based victimization in adolescence: A person-centered examination of mental health and academic achievement in a U. S. high school. Journal of Adolescence, 76, 185-196. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.09.002.

Price, M. Hill, N. E., Liang, B., & Perella, J. (2019). Teacher Relationships and Adolescents Experiencing Identity-Based Victimization What Matters for Whom Among Stigmatized Adolescents. School Mental Health Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s12310-019-09327-z.

Bravo, D. Y., Jeffries, J. Epps, A. & Hill, N. E. (2019). When things go viral: Youth’s discrimination in the world of social media. In H. E. Fitzgerald, D. J. Johnson, D. Qin, F. Villarruel, & J. Norder (Eds.), Handbook of Children and Prejudice: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy. (pp. 269-287). New York: Springer.

Price, M., Olezesky, C., McMahon, T. & Hill, N. E. (2019). A Developmental Perspective on Victimization Faced by Gender-Nonconforming Youth. In H. E. Fitzgerald, D. J. Johnson, D. Qin, F. Villarruel, & J. Norder (Eds.), Handbook of Children and Prejudice: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy. (pp. 447-461) New York: Springer.

Hill, N. E., Witherspoon, D., & Bartz, D. L. (2018). Parental involvement in education during middle school: Perspectives of ethnically diverse parents, teachers, and students. Journal of Educational Research, v111 n1 p12-27. DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2016.1190910.

Hill, N. E., Liang, B., Bravo, D. Y, Price, M., Polk, W., Perella, J., & Savitz-Romer, M. (2018). Adolescents’ perceptions of the economy: Its association with academic engagement and the role in school-based and parental relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(5), 895-915.

Liu, P., Savitz-Romer, M., Perella, J., Liang, B., & Hill, N. E. (2018). Students representations of dyadic and global teacher-student relationships: Perceived caring, negativity, affinity, and differences across gender and race/ethnicity. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 54, 281-296. DOI: 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2018.07.005.

Polk, W., Hill, N. E., Price, M., Liang, B., Perella, J. & Savitz-Romer, M. (2018). Adolescent Profiles of Marginalization and Connection at School: Relations with Academics and Mental Health. Journal of Research on Adolescence, DOI: 10.1111/jora.12460.

Savitz-Romer, M. Nicola, T., Jensen, A., Hill, N.E., Liang, B. & Perella, J. (2018). Data-Driven School Counseling: The Role of the Research–Practice Partnership. Professional School Counseling, 22(1),

Hill, N. E., Liang, B., Price, M., Polk, W. & Perella, J., & Savitz-Romer, M. (2018) Envisioning a meaningful future and academic engagement: The role of parenting practices and school-based relationships. Psychology in the Schools, 55, 595–608. DOI: 10.1002/pits.22146.

Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Wormington, S. V., Snyder, K. E., Riggsbee, J., Perez, T. Ben-Eliyahu, A., Hill, N. E. (2018) Multiple pathways to success: An examination of integrative motivational profiles among college and upper elementary students. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Hill, N. E., Jeffries, J. & Murray K. (2017). Ethnic minority youth and parents still navigate inequities in educational opportunities:¿ New tools for old problems. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 674, 113-133 DOI: 10.1177/0002716217730618.

Hill, N. E. & Wang, M-T (2015). From middle school to college: Promoting engagement, developing aspirations and the mediated pathways from parenting to post high school enrollment. Developmental Psychology, 51(2), 224-235. DOI:

Hill, N. E. (2015). Family-school relationships during adolescence Clarifying Goals, Broadening Conceptualizations, and Deepening Impact. In S. M. Sheridan & E. M. Kim (Eds.), Research on family-school partnerships: An interdisciplinary examination of state of the science and critical needs. New York: Springer.

Kim, S. W. & Hill, N. E. (2015). Including Fathers in the Picture: A Meta-Analysis of Parental Involvement and Students’ Academic Achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 107(2).

McBride Murry, V., Hill, N. E., Berkel, C., Witherspoon, D. P., & Bartz, D. (2015). Children in diverse social contexts. In M. Bornstein & T. Leventhal (Eds.), Handbook in Child Psychology and Developmental Science (Volume 4: Ecological Settings and Processes in Developmental Systems, pp. 416-454), R. M. Lerner, Editor-in-Chief; 7th edition. New York: Wiley.

Wang, M-T, Hill, N. E. & Hofkens, T. (2014). Parental Involvement and Adolescent Academic, Behavioral, and Emotional Development in Secondary School. Child Development, 85(6), 2151-2168. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12284.

Hill, N. E. (2012). Parent-child and child-peer close relationships: Understanding parental influences on peer relations from a cultural context. In T. J. Loving & L. Campbell (Eds.), Close relationships across the lifespan. (pp. 109-134) Washington DC: APA Books.

Hill, N. E. (2011). Undermining partnerships between African-American families and schools: Legacies of discrimination and inequalities. In Hill, N. E., Mann, T. L., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (Eds.), African American Children’s Mental Health: Development and Context (Vol. 1) (pp. 199-230). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Hill, N. E. & Witherspoon, D. W. (2011). Race, ethnicity, and SES. In M. Underwood & L. Rosen (Eds.) Handbook on Social Development. (pp. 316-346). New York: Guilford.

Hill, N. E. & Torres, K. A. (2010). Negotiating the American Dream: The Paradox of Aspirations and Achievement among Latino Students and Engagement between their Families and Schools. Journal of Social Issues, 66(1), 95-112.

Hill, N. E. (2009). Culturally-based worldviews, family processes, and family-school interaction. In S. Christenson & A. Reschly (Eds.). The Handbook on School-Family Partnerships for Promoting Student Competence (pp. 101-127). New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis.

Tyson, D. F., Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., & Hill, N. E. (2009). Regulating Debilitating Emotions in the Context of Performance: Achievement Goal Orientations, Achievement-Elicited Emotions, and Socialization Contexts. Human Development, 52(6), 329-356

Hill, N. E. & Tyson, D. F. (2009). Parental involvement in middle school: A meta-analytic assessment of the strategies that promote achievement. Developmental Psychology, 45(3), 740-763. *Winner 2010 SRA Social Policy Best Article Award*

Chao, R. K. & Hill, N. E. (2009). Recommendations for developmentally appropriate strategies for parental involvement during adolescence. In N. E. Hill & R. K. Chao (Eds.) Families, schools and the adolescent: Connecting research, policy, and practice. (pp. 195-207). New York: Teachers College Press.

Hill, N. E. & Chao, R. K. (2009). Background in theory, policy, and practice. In N. E. Hill & R. K. Chao (Eds.) Families, schools and the adolescent: Connecting research, policy, and practice.(pp. 1-15). New York: Teachers College Press.

Hill, N. E., Tyson, D. F., & Bromell, L. (2009). Parental involvement in middle school: Developmentally appropriate strategies across SES and ethnicity. In N. E. Hill & R. K. Chao (Eds.) Families, schools, and the adolescent: Connecting research, policy, and practice. (pp. 53-72). New York: Teachers College Press.


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Society for Research on Adolescence

Study Group on Race, Culture and Ethnicity

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