About the Institute: People

Lacey Hilliard, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
26 Winthrop Street
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-6908
Fax: (617) 627-5596
Email: lacey.hilliard@tufts.edu

Lacey is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Currently, she is Project Manager of the Arthur Interactive Media Study and leads the Quandary and Project360 research.

Lacey is interested in examining how children's and adolescents' engagement with media and technology can help promote positive development in individuals, improve peer relationships, and foster positive school climates. A second focus of her research is on the social cognitive development of attitudes and how children process and respond to information about social groups (e.g., gender, race). Her doctoral work focused on children's fairness reasoning about gender within parent-child conversations.