Why Education Matters

Young people with a criminal history may face a lifetime of marginalization but we can support their transition to adulthood through education, says Geraldine Downey, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Justice at Columbia University.

Downey’s interests lie in how people’s identities are shaped by experiences of rejection, whether because of something about them as a person or because of their membership in a stigmatized group. Her scholarship has been published in Psychological Science, Child Development, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.