Shannon Snapp, Ph.D.

Shannon Snapp, Ph.D
University of Arizona
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families
650 N. Park Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85721
520-621-2557 (w)
Current CV


Shannon D. Snapp is a developmental psychologist with interests in health, well-being, sexuality, gender, and sociocultural contexts that support youth.

Snapp joined the Frances McClelland Institute of Children, Youth, and Families in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2011. She is on the leadership team of the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation funded transdisciplinary research team that studies sexuality, health, and rights for youth. She is a Society for Research on Adolescence emerging scholar international representative on behalf of the European Association for Research on Adolescence. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Psychology at Boston College and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Kansas.

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • Sexual behaviors and identity
  • School based strategies that promote health and well-being
  • Family acceptance and mental health for LGBTQ youth
  • Body image in adolescent girls
  • Exclusionary discipline and the "school to prison pipeline" for LGBTQ youth

Research Focus:

To learn more about my research and collaborators, please visit my website

Subjects Taught:

  • Adolescent development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Methods

Recent Publications

Snapp, S., Choate, L.H., & Ryu, E. (2012).   A Body Image Resilience Model for First-Year College Women. Sex Roles, 67, 211-221.  DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0163-1.

Watson, R. J., Snapp, S., Russell, S.T., & Licona, A.C. (2012).  Prevalence and Interventions of Bullying in Tucson Public Schools. (Crossroads Collaborative; Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families). Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.

Related Links:

I am on the Emerging Scholar Committee for the Society of Research on Adolescence(SRA), and I serve as Representative for the Student and Early Career Network for the European Society of Research on Adolescence(EARA).

You can read more about my research on body image in a recent article by the Huffington Post.

Learn more about the Crossroads Collaborative by visiting our website.


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