My name is Meeta Banerjee. I have my Ph.D. from the Ecological-Community Psychology program at Michigan State University. Prior to my Ph.D., I received my Masters in Social Work in Interpersonal Practice-Mental Health from the University of Michigan in 2003, with a minor in Community Organizations. I also have my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, which I received in 2001. Currently, I am a Research Fellow at the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. I work with Dr. Jacquelynne Eccles in the Achievement Research Lab.
I am also a of an international postdoctoral fellowship program called “Pathways to Adulthood” which is an interdisciplinary program that allows me to collaborate with faculty and other research fellows from all over the world.
My research interests encompass examining parenting processes such as racial socialization through a contextual lens. In particular, I am exploring how multiple contexts (i.e., neighborhoods, communities, families, schools, peers) are related to the socialization processes and agendas in ethnic minority families. More recently, I am focusing on how the effects of experiences with racial discrimination and community violence may be mitigated by racial socialization practices on the mental health and academic outcomes of African American youth and young adults.