Sara Dean is a research assistant in the reproductive health and family formation research area at Child Trends. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, where she double-majored in Psychology and American Studies and minored in Education Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked in Wesleyan’s Cognitive Development Lab researching socioemotional development in preschoolers. She wrote her American Studies honors thesis on the ways that Sesame Street has changed since it first aired in 1969 and the implications of those changes for the child viewer. Sara also spent a semester studying abroad in Nicaragua, where she conducted an independent study on the evolution of childhood experiences in a rural, post-revolution community. Her desire for a career that supports and empowers children and youth is fueled by the year she spent serving as an assistant teacher in a third- and fourth-grade classroom through the Quaker Voluntary Service, as well as by her time spent working at Catoctin Quaker Camp, an outdoor adventure sleepaway camp in Maryland.
At Child Trends, Sara is excited to be working primarily on the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) communications project. Outside of the project, her current research interests include the effects of television, the internet, and social media on child and adolescent development and the impacts of physical geography on self-image and cognition.