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Brendesha M. Tynes, PhD Biography

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“Online social networking can facilitate identity exploration, provide social cognitive skills such as perspective taking, and fulfill the need for social support, intimacy, and autonomy. Whether constructing their profiles in MySpace, creating a video and posting it on YouTube, or talking in chat rooms, teens are constantly creating, recreating, and honing their identities — a primary goal of adolescent development. This requires constant reflection on who they are, on who they want to become, and on their values, strengths, and weaknesses…

As teens prepare to enter the adult social world, online social environments provide training wheels, allowing young people to practice interaction with others in the safety of their homes.”

“Internet Safety Gone Wild?,” Journal of Adolescent Research, Nov. 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005-present
  • Assistant Professor, African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005-present
  • Recipient, Spitze Mather Award for Faculty Excellence, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
  • Researcher, Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health, 2006-2008
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Ford Foundation, 2002-2005
  • PhD, Psychological Studies in Education, University of California at Los Angeles, 2005
  • MA, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2001
  • BA, History, Columbia University, 1997
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