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Judith C. Scott

Assistant Professor

Specialties

• Childhood and adolescent trauma related to physical maltreatment and racial discrimination experiences

• Physical discipline

• Child and adolescent mental health

• Racially and ethnically diverse children and families

• Program evaluation

faculty details

Bio

Judith Scott is interested in children and families from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Her current research agenda focuses on how trauma—especially physical child maltreatment and racial discrimination—affects parenting and mental health among families across cultures. Her secondary research interests are evaluating small and medium non-profit community organizations serving families.

Scott is the principal investigator for “Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting Among Low-Income Chinese Immigrant Caregivers Living in the Greater Boston Area.” This work, which is taking place at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), is supported by a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being Research-to-Action Grant.

Her most recent published research includes “How Does Racial Context Matter?: Family Preparation-for-Bias Messages and Racial Coping Reported by Black Youth” in Child Development; “Distinguishing Between Demographics and Contextual Factors Linked to Early Childhood Physical Discipline and Physical Maltreatment Among Black Families” in Child Abuse & Neglect; and “Intersection of Race and Religion of Youth in Foster Care: Examining Policy and Practice” in Children and Youth Services Review.

Scott is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development Black Caucus Social Policy Committee. She is also an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Applied Developmental Science.

Education

BS (Clinical Psychology and Computer Science)

Tufts University

MPP (Urban and Environmental Policy)

Tufts University

MSW

Boston College

PhD

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Courses

CP 759 Introduction to Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
CP 772 Clinical Practice with Families

Courses

CP 759 Introduction to Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
CP 772 Clinical Practice with Families

Publications

Scott, J.C., McDermott, E., Harris, A., Johnson, K.G., Pinderhughes, E.E. & Spencer,
M.B. (accepted) Looking through a kaleidoscope: A Phenomenological Ethnic-Racial Socialization Conceptual Model and its application to U.S. Black and Latino youth and families. Journal of Social Issues

Hahm, H C., Ha, Y.S., Scott, J.C., Wongchai, V., Chen, J.A. & Liu, C.H. (2021)
Perceived COVID-19- related anti-Asian discrimination predicts Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms among Asian American youth. Psychiatry Research, 308, 114084

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., & Johnson, S.K., (2020) How does racial context matter?: Family preparation-for-bias messages and racial coping reported by Black youth. Child Development, 91(5), 1471-1490

Scott, J.C. & Pinderhughes, E.E. (2019) Distinguishing between demographics and contextual factors linked to early childhood physical discipline and physical maltreatment
among Black families. Child Abuse & Neglect, 94, 104020

Collins, M.E. & Scott, J.C. (2019) Intersection of race and religion of youth in foster
care: Examining policy and practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 98, 163-170

Pinderhughes, E.E., Scott, J.C., & Matthews, J.A.K. (2019) Youth of color in care: Intersecting identities and vulnerabilities. In Fitzgerald, H.E, Johnson, D.J., Qin, D.B., Villarruel, F.A., & Norder, J. (Eds.) Handbook of children and prejudice: Integrating research, practice and policy (pgs. 353- 373). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland

Publications

Scott, J.C., McDermott, E., Harris, A., Johnson, K.G., Pinderhughes, E.E. & Spencer,
M.B. (accepted) Looking through a kaleidoscope: A Phenomenological Ethnic-Racial Socialization Conceptual Model and its application to U.S. Black and Latino youth and families. Journal of Social Issues

Hahm, H C., Ha, Y.S., Scott, J.C., Wongchai, V., Chen, J.A. & Liu, C.H. (2021)
Perceived COVID-19- related anti-Asian discrimination predicts Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms among Asian American youth. Psychiatry Research, 308, 114084

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., & Johnson, S.K., (2020) How does racial context matter?: Family preparation-for-bias messages and racial coping reported by Black youth. Child Development, 91(5), 1471-1490

Scott, J.C. & Pinderhughes, E.E. (2019) Distinguishing between demographics and contextual factors linked to early childhood physical discipline and physical maltreatment
among Black families. Child Abuse & Neglect, 94, 104020

Collins, M.E. & Scott, J.C. (2019) Intersection of race and religion of youth in foster
care: Examining policy and practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 98, 163-170

Pinderhughes, E.E., Scott, J.C., & Matthews, J.A.K. (2019) Youth of color in care: Intersecting identities and vulnerabilities. In Fitzgerald, H.E, Johnson, D.J., Qin, D.B., Villarruel, F.A., & Norder, J. (Eds.) Handbook of children and prejudice: Integrating research, practice and policy (pgs. 353- 373). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland

Presentations

Johnson, K.G., Scott, J.C., Liu, J., Wang, J., Sopper, C., Zhang, X., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J., Cho, B., Yau, Y. , & Li, G., (2021, April). Discrimination experiences among low-income Chinese immigrant families living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Scott, J.C., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Liu, J., Sopper, C., Johnson, K.G., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J., Cho, B., Yau, Y. & Li, G. ((2021, April).). What is positive parenting?: Perspectives from low-income Chinese immigrant caregivers living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.*

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., and Johnson, S.K. (2019, March) The effects of physical maltreatment and physical discipline on internalizing symptoms among young African- American children. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Early childhood child maltreatment, risk factors, and effects on children’s health” (Chair: Scott, J.C.) at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, J.C. (2019, March) Presenter, Forming interdisciplinary partnerships to engage communities in the promotion of child well-being. Professional development workshop held at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Johnson, K.G.* and Scott, J.C. (2019, March) Enough is enough: The experience of Black homicide survivors in Boston. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Mistry, J., Scott, J.C., and Kiyama, F. (2019, March) Narrative constructions of developmental progression: Making sense of “mixed” ethnic identities. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Johnson, K.G.*, Zhang, X.†, and Scott, J.C. (2019, January) Cultural exchanger: Using a narrative approach to evaluate a culturally-based family agency. ePoster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, EE., and Johnson, S.K. (2018, April) Coping with teachers’ racial discrimination: Links to academic outcomes among Black youth. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Racial coping among Black and Latino youth” (Chair: Scott, J.C.) at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., Johnson, S.K, and Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (2018, January) Variation in African American parents' use of early childhood physical discipline. ePoster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Zhang, X., Zhang, E., Cinney, A., Debenedetto, A., Nealon-Shapiro, C., Shin, H.R., Scott, J.C., & Pinderhughes, E.E. (2017, April) “They make slanty eyes at me”: Racial and adoption microaggressions in the lives of international transracial adoptees. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX

Johnson, K.G., Scott, J.C., Liu, J., Wang, J., Sopper, C., Zhang, X., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J.,
Cho, B., Yau, Y. , & Li, G., (2021, April). Discrimination experiences among low-income Chinese immigrant families living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Scott, J.C., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Liu, J., Sopper, C., Johnson, K.G., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J.,
Cho, B., Yau, Y. & Li, G. ((2021, April).). What is positive parenting?: Perspectives from low-income Chinese immigrant caregivers living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.*

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., and Johnson, S.K. (2019, March) The effects of physical maltreatment and physical discipline on internalizing symptoms among young African- American children. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Early childhood child maltreatment, risk factors, and effects on children’s health” (Chair: Scott, J.C.) at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, J.C. (2019, March) Presenter, Forming interdisciplinary partnerships to engage
communities in the promotion of child well-being. Professional development workshop held at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., and Johnson, S.K. (2016, October). Preparing Black boys for bias: Understanding family messages and boys’ coping strategies related to racially hostile situations. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting: Babies, Boys and Men of Color, Tampa, FL

Scott, J.C. (2016, October). Member of a roundtable panel: Mentoring males of color across the lifespan: Building from personal and professional assets and vulnerabilities. Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting: Babies, Boys and Men of Color, Tampa, FL

Presentations

Johnson, K.G., Scott, J.C., Liu, J., Wang, J., Sopper, C., Zhang, X., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J., Cho, B., Yau, Y. , & Li, G., (2021, April). Discrimination experiences among low-income Chinese immigrant families living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Scott, J.C., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Liu, J., Sopper, C., Johnson, K.G., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J., Cho, B., Yau, Y. & Li, G. ((2021, April).). What is positive parenting?: Perspectives from low-income Chinese immigrant caregivers living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.*

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., and Johnson, S.K. (2019, March) The effects of physical maltreatment and physical discipline on internalizing symptoms among young African- American children. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Early childhood child maltreatment, risk factors, and effects on children’s health” (Chair: Scott, J.C.) at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, J.C. (2019, March) Presenter, Forming interdisciplinary partnerships to engage communities in the promotion of child well-being. Professional development workshop held at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Johnson, K.G.* and Scott, J.C. (2019, March) Enough is enough: The experience of Black homicide survivors in Boston. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Mistry, J., Scott, J.C., and Kiyama, F. (2019, March) Narrative constructions of developmental progression: Making sense of “mixed” ethnic identities. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Johnson, K.G.*, Zhang, X.†, and Scott, J.C. (2019, January) Cultural exchanger: Using a narrative approach to evaluate a culturally-based family agency. ePoster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, EE., and Johnson, S.K. (2018, April) Coping with teachers’ racial discrimination: Links to academic outcomes among Black youth. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Racial coping among Black and Latino youth” (Chair: Scott, J.C.) at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., Johnson, S.K, and Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (2018, January) Variation in African American parents' use of early childhood physical discipline. ePoster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Zhang, X., Zhang, E., Cinney, A., Debenedetto, A., Nealon-Shapiro, C., Shin, H.R., Scott, J.C., & Pinderhughes, E.E. (2017, April) “They make slanty eyes at me”: Racial and adoption microaggressions in the lives of international transracial adoptees. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX

Johnson, K.G., Scott, J.C., Liu, J., Wang, J., Sopper, C., Zhang, X., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J.,
Cho, B., Yau, Y. , & Li, G., (2021, April). Discrimination experiences among low-income Chinese immigrant families living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Scott, J.C., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Liu, J., Sopper, C., Johnson, K.G., Weng, Y., Fleckman, J.,
Cho, B., Yau, Y. & Li, G. ((2021, April).). What is positive parenting?: Perspectives from low-income Chinese immigrant caregivers living in the Greater Boston area. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.*

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., and Johnson, S.K. (2019, March) The effects of physical maltreatment and physical discipline on internalizing symptoms among young African- American children. Paper presented as part of the symposium, “Early childhood child maltreatment, risk factors, and effects on children’s health” (Chair: Scott, J.C.) at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, J.C. (2019, March) Presenter, Forming interdisciplinary partnerships to engage
communities in the promotion of child well-being. Professional development workshop held at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Scott, J.C., Pinderhughes, E.E., and Johnson, S.K. (2016, October). Preparing Black boys for bias: Understanding family messages and boys’ coping strategies related to racially hostile situations. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting: Babies, Boys and Men of Color, Tampa, FL

Scott, J.C. (2016, October). Member of a roundtable panel: Mentoring males of color across the lifespan: Building from personal and professional assets and vulnerabilities. Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting: Babies, Boys and Men of Color, Tampa, FL

Grants

2020 – 2024: Co-Investigator, Black Women First Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider (ETAP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), (Subcontract PI: Linda Sprague Martinez)

2019–2020: Principal Investigator, Cultural and contextual influences on parenting among low-income Chinese immigrant caregivers living in the Greater Boston area, Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being Research-to-Action Grants, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015-2017: Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Grants

2020 – 2024: Co-Investigator, Black Women First Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider (ETAP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), (Subcontract PI: Linda Sprague Martinez)

2019–2020: Principal Investigator, Cultural and contextual influences on parenting among low-income Chinese immigrant caregivers living in the Greater Boston area, Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being Research-to-Action Grants, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015-2017: Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Professional Activities and Certifications

2018-present: Evaluation Consultant, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Boston, MA

2017-2018: Evaluation Supervisor, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Boston, MA

2014-2015: Evaluation Fellow (funded by The Boston Foundation), Institute for Nonprofit Practice (formerly Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership), Needham, MA

Fall 2010: Part-time Social Worker, Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Lynn, MA

2008-2010: Liaison for School Based Programs, Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Lynn, MA

2006-2010: Social Worker, Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Lynn, MA

Professional Activities and Certifications

2018-present: Evaluation Consultant, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Boston, MA

2017-2018: Evaluation Supervisor, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Boston, MA

2014-2015: Evaluation Fellow (funded by The Boston Foundation), Institute for Nonprofit Practice (formerly Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership), Needham, MA

Fall 2010: Part-time Social Worker, Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Lynn, MA

2008-2010: Liaison for School Based Programs, Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Lynn, MA

2006-2010: Social Worker, Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Lynn, MA

Awards and Honors

2019: Society for Research in Child Development Outstanding Dissertation Award, Baltimore, MD

2017: Eliot Pearson Doctoral Research Practice Integration Award, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

2017: 2017 Eliot Pearson Doctoral Research Practice Integration Award, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University.

2015-2017: Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2016: Third Place, Student Poster Competition at the Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting: Babies, Boys and Men of Color, Tampa, FL.

2014-2015: Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) Fellowship, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

2014: 2014 Senior Survey Significant Impact Nomination, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Awards and Honors

2019: Society for Research in Child Development Outstanding Dissertation Award, Baltimore, MD

2017: Eliot Pearson Doctoral Research Practice Integration Award, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

2017: 2017 Eliot Pearson Doctoral Research Practice Integration Award, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University.

2015-2017: Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2016: Third Place, Student Poster Competition at the Society for Research in Child Development Special Topics Meeting: Babies, Boys and Men of Color, Tampa, FL.

2014-2015: Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) Fellowship, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

2014: 2014 Senior Survey Significant Impact Nomination, Tufts University, Medford, MA.
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