Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development, and director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Laboratory. I also serve as a Provost's Fellow for Public Engagement. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Florida International University. I recevied my postdoctoral training within the Multicultural Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame.I am also director of PRYDE (the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement). The aim of PRYDE is to link science and service in innovative ways by involving 4-H communities in basic and applied research to promote positive youth development.My research follows two paths. The first investigates why having a sense of self-direction – or purpose in life – serves as a psychological resource for those who cultivate it. Specifically, I conduct studies testing the extent to which purpose (a) contributes to positive adjustment and (b) serves as a source of protection in the face of stress and challenge. A second path examines how notions of race are incorporated into one’s sense of self (i.e., racial identification) and potentially shape perceptions of everyday encounters. My work in this area has focused on the psychological adjustment of ethnic minorities and examines (a) how race-related experiences are related to adjustment and (b) whether racial identity might either amplify or lessen the impact of these experiences. I believe the importance of this work lies in the potential to identify sources of resilience capable of improving the well-being of vulnerable and often marginalized populations.
Margaret has distinguished herself as a catalytic leader in health care, forging cross-sector partnerships that drive positive social impact. At Hopelab Margaret leads a multidisciplinary team with expertise in healthcare, academic research, and design to create science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. She is passionate about bringing together government, nonprofit and private-sector stakeholders interested in advancing the role technology can play in supporting and improving health outcomes, with a particular focus on improving care for underserved populations. Prior to HopeLab, Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation as Director of Public Financing and Policy and Director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. She also founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund , a mission-focused investment fund supporting companies that improve access to and lower costs of health care. The Fund, launched in 2010, has now made investments in eleven early stage health care technology and services companies. Earlier in her career Margaret worked in management consulting with Accenture, in international health with the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS, and in state government with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University. She serves on the boards of Health Leads and Project Glimmer and as an adviser to the Acumen America Fund, Omidyar Network, and Peer Health Exchange as well as a number of early stage health care services and technology companies. Margaret is a lecturer in management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. When not traveling the U.S. exploring health care innovations, Margaret enjoys international adventures, spending time in nature and discovering great food, and arts and culture.
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