About the Institute: People

Kristina Schmid Callina
Research Assistant Professor
26 Winthrop Street
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-3836
Email: kristina.callina@tufts.edu


Kristina Schmid Callina is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Her research interests focus on the way in which adolescents construct positive pathways to adulthood. Kristina's dissertation examined the role of hope in positive developmental outcomes, especially youth engagement in community contributions. This work identified adolescents' hopeful expectations for the future as an instantiation of adaptive developmental regulations that help young people garner resources from their context to place themselves on pathways marked by thriving and contribution.

More recently, Kristina has broadened the scope of her work by using a strengths-based perspective to better understand the positive development of military-connected youth. In collaboration with the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic at the United States Military Academy and the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University, Kristina is managing a project on the development of character and leadership among cadets at West Point (PI: Richard M. Lerner). In addition, Kristina collaborates with the Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the educational success of military-connected kids.

Kristina received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University in 2013.