Dr. Boddicker-Young is a research scientist in the early childhood development research area. Her research interests include academic achievement, the achievement gap, preschoolers’ school readiness skills, racial identity, racial disparities, and workforce development. Dr. Boddicker-Young has conducted extensive research on racial disparities and differences in elementary classroom learning. She has extended this work to include post-secondary students from historically black colleges or universities. Additionally, Dr. Boddicker-Young has worked with public school teachers across different counties on better practices for engaging minority students and enhancing their school experiences and accomplishments.
Dr. Boddicker-Young has also served as a project coordinator and research analyst on a project aimed at helping family child care home providers become healthy role models, provide quality food and physical activity, and implement effective business practices. She has also worked with the state of North Carolina to manage and analyze administrative data on children and youth. Throughout her educational and professional endeavors, she has been part of organizations that aim to promote and advance diversity in the psychological field. She is passionate about ensuring all children have robust and meaningful educational experiences.