Zena Mello, M.S. 2000

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Dr. Zena Mello was awarded was awarded the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2000 in support of her research titled The Relationship Between Future Orientation and Academic Achievement Among African American Adolescents conducted while she was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, where she also received a Master’s of Science degree in 2000.  She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and was honored with College Service Award upon graduation in 1994.  In 2000, Dr. Mello was selected for an Educational Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation and a Volunteer Award from Stormbreak Runaway and Homeless Shelter in Pennsylvania for her years of dedication and volunteer work with runaway and homeless adolescents.  She is a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Society for Research on Child Development.  Her research focuses on the future orientation and identity formation of low-income and ethnic minority adolescents.

In 2002, Dr. Mello presented the results of her research about high achieving adolescents at the AASF Success Summit on November 9, 2002. She became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognition and Development at the University of California, Berkeley, and a study based upon her AASF supported research is published in the Journal of Black Psychology. This study is titled Gender Differences in African American Adolescents’ Personal, Educational, and Occupational Expectations and Perceptions of Neighborhood Quality.

For more information about Dr. Mello and her reesarch conact her at zmello@sfsu.edu