M.S., Child, Youth, and Family Studies, International Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Psychology, Child Development and Mental Health, Albertus Magnus College

Genese Clark is a doctoral candidate in the Global Family Health and Wellbeing Program of the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Genese’s research broadly focuses on implicit psychosocial constructs associated with family health and well-being throughout the African Diaspora. Her research activity aligns with two translational research lines. The first explores family strengths and strategies for connection within racialized contexts. The second focuses on the impact of trauma and experiences with oppression among racially and ethnically marginalized populations and its intersections with child development and relational health. Her dissertation is a concurrent mixed methods study exploring critical consciousness and self-awareness within kinship networks inclusive of fictive kin. Using participatory approaches, Genese has supported non-profit organizations in program development and evaluation. She has also created and delivered instructional content for teacher preparation programs and family science courses using various modalities. Genese also deeply values outreach and service as an essential component of being a member of the broader academic community.

Why CYAF at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"When I was looking for graduate programs, I wanted an international component because of my interests. Thankfully, I found the Global Consortium of Internal Studies and was able to complete my M.S. program by learning from scholars in the U.S., India, and Australia. That experience made the decision easy to apply to UNL again for my doctorate."

Lab Participation

Nebraska Extension

T-Rex Lab

Highlighted Publications & Presentations

Clark, G. (2023). The family strength wheel: A strength-based visual tool for families [In press, submission #3816]. Journal of Extension.

Clark, G. (2022). The benefit of an integrative trauma-informed approach to social-emotional learning among Black, Indigenous, and other Non-White (BINW) youth. National Council on Family Relations, Family Focus on Promoting Mental Health

Clark, G., & Xia, Y. (2023, March 23-25). Trauma-informed SEL in an out-of-school context [Flash talk paper]. Society for Research in Child Development 2023 Biennial Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, United States.

Clark, G., & Xia, Y. (2022, November 16-19). African-American family strengths: Translational metric for practitioners [Poster presentation]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.