What Makes Children Do Their Best?

The Seattle Times profiles Onnie Rogers, a postdoc at I-LABS.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
          I-LABS postdoctoral fellow Leoandra "Onnie" Rogers is the first in her family to attend college, has a doctorate in developmental psychology, and will soon be inducted into UCLA's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Rogers works with I-LABS co-director Andrew Meltzoff. She's interested in identity development among youth, and her research examines children's self-perceptions and understandings of stereotypes.

Jerry Large, of the Seattle Times, wrote a column Sept. 29 about Rogers, calling her "an exceptional person because she lives beyond the confines of expectations." His profile of her explores what has helped her succeed and about the experiences that shaped her professional goals.

Rogers told Large that "she's far from the only person who defies stereotypes, and yet the stereotypes persist and damage the prospects of too many children."

She continued: "Yes, a lot of black and brown kids are dropping out of school and getting into trouble and doing poorly socially and academically, but a lot of black and brown kids are doing really well, overcoming incredible obstacles and succeeding."

Rogers is also mom to Phoenix, shown below at age two at I-LABS exhibit's at the 2013 Seattle Science Festival. Mother and daughter were working with a water and cornstarch concoction – "oobleck" – which the I-LABS outreach team uses to demonstrate brain plasticity.

Read more about Rogers' background and her I-LABS research on the Seattle Times' website.