About the Institute:
Andrea Vest Ettekal, Ph.D.
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development
26 Winthrop Street
Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Ph: (617) 627-0613
Andrea is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development.
She earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Kent State University (Kent, OH)
and both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University
(Tempe, AZ). Currently, she is Project Director of a project titled “Evaluating the Positive
Coaching Alliance Model: Developing Competitors of Character” funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Andrea has special expertise in youth out-of-school time (OST) programs with a focus on adolescents'
sport participation. Her overarching research agenda is three-fold with the goals of examining:
(a) the antecedents and outcomes associated with youth's OST, (b) selection and influence of friends
in youth's OST, and (c) the role of culture and ethnicity in youth's OST. Andrea has advanced quantitative
skills with a special interest in longitudinal methods (e.g., latent growth curve analysis) and social
network analysis (e.g., SIENA).