Amy Rutstein-Riley directs the Adult Learning Specialization of the PhD Program in Educational Studies.
Professional Title: Dean of Faculty, Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Emerging adulthood, young adult women’s health, the intersections of identity development, body image and media, college student mental health, and girls’ and women’s groups and relational-cultural theory
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Adult learning and development
Education: BA, Simmons College; MPH, Boston University School of Public Health; PhD, Lesley University
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Amy Rutstein-Riley, PhD, MPH, directs the Adult Learning & Development Specialization of the PhD Program in Educational Studies. She holds a joint appointment in Sociology in the Social Science Division of Lesley College. Amy teaches courses in medical sociology, women’s studies, girls’ studies, family studies, research methods, adult learning and development, and interdisciplinary inquiry, and is a faculty advisor in the Learning Community Bachelor’s program.She is the principle investigator of Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture and has received the prestigious American Association of Women’s Community Action Grant (2-years) and the Reebok Foundation Grant to fund the project and research activities. Amy serves as Co-chair of the Lesley University Women’s Studies Steering Committee and Co-directs the Women’s Center. Amy recently completed a two year appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and focused on her ongoing research on emerging adult women’s health.
Amy started The Girlhood Project in 2008, which brings together undergraduate and adolescent girls to talk freely about identity, body image, media, and relationships. It began as a service component of an undergraduate sociology course, Women in Culture and Society. See their new website, The Girlhood Project.
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