Laurel Sticklor works in the Youth Development research area. She has experience in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, survey and protocol development, and semi-structured interviews. Laurel’s recent projects include evaluations of summer learning programs for low-income children and a childhood obesity prevention program, as well as a state-based data analysis and needs assessment to inform efforts promoting stable housing, permanent connections, education/employment, and social-emotional well-being among older youth in foster care. Prior to Child Trends, she worked on community-based participatory research as well as evaluations for out-of-school time programs. Laurel is passionate about taking strength-based approaches, engaging youth and communities, and addressing health inequities. Her research interests include positive youth development, resilience, social support, social-ecological factors, and program evaluation for a range of topic areas related to youth well-being.