Chair and Associate Professor Psychology and Human Development Department
School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Activities East 225A
B.A. (Early Childhood) 1990, Boston College
M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction) 1999, Lesley University
Ph.D. (Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology) 2005, Boston College
Dr. Durand is a developmental psychologist with a background in community-based programming for families, and elementary classroom teaching. Her research has examined the school transition experiences of ethnic minority children, with a particular focus on the nature of Latino parent involvement in children's schooling, Latino parents' cultural beliefs about education, facilitating effective partnerships between schools and Latino families, and culturally relevant pedagogy. Her work has employed both quantitative (e.g. correlational studies of large and small-scale sets of secondary data) and qualitative (e.g., interview, observation, focus group, and participatory action) methods, and has included children, parents/families, teachers, community members, and school administrators.
Dr. Durand's newest line of research examines dimensions of school context, such as ethnic climate and sense of belonging, associated with school success among adolescent students of color during the middle school transition. She has developed and co-lead four service learning trips to the island of Puerto Rico with both graduate and undergraduate students, and is the Coordinator of the Wheelock Honors Program. During her tenure at Wheelock, she has been a recipient of both the Gordon Marshall Fellowship for scholarship and the Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
Durand, T.M., & Secakusuma, M. (in press). Negotiating the boundaries of parental school engagement: The role of social space and symbolic capital in urban teachers' perspectives. Teachers College Record.