LaKisha T. DavidGhana Office Smile

Ph.D. Student
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

Academic Advisors:
Christy Lleras: Lleras Lab

Shardé Smith: African American Family (AAFam) Stress and Resiliency Lab

201 Child Development Laboratory (CDL)
1105 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801
ltdavid2@illinois.edu

EDUCATION

  • MCP, 2014, Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • BS, 2011, Construction Management, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T)
  • Study Abroad, Fall 2009, Construction Technology and Management Program, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Family reintegration among Africans and the African Diaspora
  • African and African diaspora multihousehold families
  • African transnationalism at the family level
  • African American ethnic identity development, remote enculturation, sense of community, psychoemotional wellbeing, and community development associated with African transnational family reintegration

AWARDS

Fellowships/Scholarships

  • Graduate College Distinguished Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2016 – 2019)
  • Summer Pre-doctoral Institute (SPI) Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2014)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellow (2012 – 2017)
  • Odge Diversity Award, MIT (2012 – 2013)
  • Gilman International Scholarship (2009)
  • AACE International Scholarship (2009)

Travel Grants

  • William Emerson Travel Grant (2013)

Honors

  • Outstanding Student Award for Exceptional Scholarship, Leadership and Contributions to the School of Technology, NC A&T (2011)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
    June – August, 2014
    Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute (SPI)
    Preliminary Research on Research Question: How could redeveloping personal narratives within the African American community be used to empower such communities in community development and civic engagement?
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Deal
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    May, 2014
    Master in City Planning (MCP) Thesis
    Title: A Case for Public Sanitation with On-Site Treatment in Ghana
    Thesis Advisor: Susan Murcott
    Independent Fieldwork Conducted in Kumasi, Ghana, June – August, 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    January – May, 2013
    Ghana Sanitation Practicum in Ghana
    Kumasi, Ghana Team Leader over 4 graduate students and fellows
    Investigated Wastewater Management: Meeting the Millennium Development Goals for Sanitation (MDG Target 7C)
    Principal Investigator: Susan Murcott
    Fieldwork Conducted in Kumasi, Ghana, January, 2013
    Practicum completed at MIT, February – May, 2013
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
    May – August, 2011
    Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
    Research Topic: “Toward Practical Guidelines for Designing Affordable Net Zero Communities in Peri-Urban Ethiopia”
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Deal
  • Michigan State University (MSU)
    May – July, 2010
    Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
    Research Topic: “Exploring Residential Energy Conserving Options to Achieve Net Zero Homes for Cold Climate Areas: A Michigan Case Study”
    Advisor: Dr. Mohamed El-Gafy

PRESENTATIONS

  • David, L. (2012). Toward Practical Guidelines for Designing Affordable Net Zero Communities in Peri-Urban Ethiopia. In Proceedings of the 48th ASC Annual International Conference. T. Sulbaran (Ed.), eConf CPRT136002012.
  • El-Gafy, M., & David, L. (2011). Exploring Residential Energy Conserving Options to Achieve Net Zero Homes for Cold Climate Areas: A Michigan Case Study. In Proceedings of the 47th ASC Annual International Conference. T. Sulbaran (Ed.), eConf CPRT272002011.