Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D. 2005

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji was awarded the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2005 in support of her research titled Effective Parenting Practices Among African-American Parents of “At-Risk” Youth. She will survey parents of children who obtain high scores of Levels 4 and 5 on the FCAT exam to participate in the study and examine the strategies they are using to help their children succeed. Results “..will include ways that African-American parents of “at-risk” school children provide the emotional and psychological support to their children in ways that result in academic engagement, self-motivation, and knowledge acquisition in the school setting.” Read about results of this study in Dr. West-Olatunji’s paper titled Parenting Practices Among Parents/Guardians of Academically Successful Fifth Grade African American Children in High Poverty Communities.

Dr. West-Olatunji is Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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