Cynthia Lightfoot

Director of Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Office Phone: 610-892-1411
Office Location: Main Building, 212 L

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Cynthia Lightfoot received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her M.A. from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the cultural contexts of human development, which she explores in 3 different areas: (1) adolescent peer culture, risk-taking, and identity development; (2) family acculturation and school readiness of immigrant children; and (3) peer socialization and eating practices of low-income children. Dr. Lightfoot’s projects have been financially supported by state and federal agencies (USDA, NSF), and private foundations (W.T. Grant Foundation). Students are actively involved in Dr. Lightfoot’s research projects, working with children and families in schools and homes to better understand the cultural contexts of children’s development. They have presented the results of their studies at local, regional, and international conferences.

Current Vita

Major Publications

Lightfoot, C., Cole, M., & Cole, S.(in press). The Development of Children: 6th edition. Worth Publishers.

Lightfoot, C., Lalonde, C. and Chandler, M.., (Eds.) (2004).Changing Conceptions of Psychological Life. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Daiute, C. & Lightfoot, C. (Eds.) (2004). Narrative Analysis: Studying the Development of Individuals in Society. Sage Publications

Lightfoot, C.(1997). The Culture of Adolescent Risk-Taking. New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Lightfoot, C.(2005). Risk-taking, carnival, and the novelistic self: Adolescents' avenues to moral being and integrity. In L. Nucci (Ed.), Conflict, Contradiction and Contrarian Elements in Moral Development and Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Lightfoot, C. (2004). Fantastic self: A study of adolescents’ fictional narratives, and aesthetic activity as identity work. In C. Daiute & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), Narrative analysis: Studying individuals in society. New York: Sage Publications.