Fostering Youth Resilience:
Lessons learned during COVID-19

Live 1.5 hour virtual training
October 13, 2022
11:00 Pacific, 1:00 Central, 2:00 Eastern

The COVID-19 pandemic presented significant challenges to youth and their families. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s prestigious Learning Research and Development Center have used this opportunity to study positive youth development and resilience in the face of adversity.

Through their work at the Developmental and Motivation Research Lab, Christina Scanlon, Sarah Voltin, and Angela Zhang have gained critical insights that youth workers can use to foster resilience in children and adolescents.

In this webinar, they will share results from several of their recent publications and how CYC workers can apply their research to working with children in after-school and community-based settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how pandemic-related stressors jeopardized positive youth development;
  • Define resilience in children and youth;
  • Identify factors that promote resilience among youth and their parents; 
  • Apply results of empirical research on youth resilience to practice settings.

CYC Certification Competency Domain:  Professionalism

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2 Class Hours

Created by

Christina L. Scanlon, PhD
Applied Developmental Psychology
Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Scanlon is an applied developmental psychologist and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center. Her research focuses on understanding youth’s reactions to adversity and fostering psychological resilience across ecological settings.

Christina also serves as a Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice.


Sarah Voltin
Graduate Student 
Social Work and Public Health
University of Pittsburgh 

Sarah is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health joint degree program. She specializes in applying best practices in intervention science to support the mental health and positive development of children and youth. For the past two years, Sarah has taken part in pandemic-related research through the Developmental and Motivation Research Lab. 


Angela Zhang
Graduate Student 
University of Pennsylvania 

Angela is a graduate student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Psychology Department where she studies behavioral change and self-regulation. Specifically, she is interested in how engaging children and youth in exercise can have positive outcomes for youth development. Angela has also worked on longitudinal survey research examining adolescents’ motivation and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic as a member of the Developmental and Motivation Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh.