The Team on Acculturation, Risk, and the Development of Identity and Self (TARDIS) at Old Dominion University (ODU) is directed by Dr. Alan Meca. TARDIS is focused on understanding the role that identity developmental and cultural processes (i.e., acculturation, cultural stress, and cultural adaptation) on health risk behaviors (e.g., alcohol use, risk-sex taking behavior, etc.), psychosocial functioning (e.g., well-being, internalizing and externalizing symptoms, etc.), and educational achievement. Findings from TARDIS have implications for interventions, education, and public policy.

Interested in Joining?

If you are interested in the areas identity development, acculturation, cultural identity, emerging adulthood, and risk behavior, you may want to join TARDIS. Working for TARDIS will give you the opportunity to learn what research is all about and become involved in your community. As part of TARDIS, you will be involved in every step of research, from data collection to analysis. More central to your career, involvement in TARDIS will prepare you for your graduate school and research and academic careers.

Each year the TARDIS lab recruits a select number of undergraduate students to work on various research labs. If you are interested in joining TARDIS, visit the “Join Us” page on our website.

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