April S. Masarik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science



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I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Boise State University. My job roles are to conduct research, teach, and provide service to my profession and community. I have roots at Boise State University, where I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in 2007. It is an honor and privilege to be teaching in the same classrooms where I was once an undergraduate student.


I earned my Ph.D. in Human Development (2014) and a M.S. in Child Development (2011) from the University of California, Davis. After graduate school, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Family Research Group at UC Davis.


My research (broadly speaking) centers on stress and resilience, dynamics in close relationships, intergenerational transmission, and the social, cultural, and biological influences on development. I am the Director of the Human Development and Ecology Lab, where I conduct research with an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students, and community stakeholders. We are currently focused on investigating the factors that influence health and well-being among refugee youth and families. This research is funded by the Spencer Foundation.

At Boise State University, I regularly teach courses in Child Development, Multicultural Perspectives on Children and Families, and Research Methods. I also enjoy teaching at the Osher Institute. To date, I have worked with over 1,000 students in my courses and nearly 100 students in research and teaching. In 2019, I was a Top Ten Scholar Honored Faculty Member.

In terms of service to my profession, I am on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Society for Research in Child Development to name a few. I also enjoy working in the community as a Board Member for Tidwell Social Work and Consulting Services, a non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed and culturally sensitive mental health care and community healing programs. Check out my Curriculum Vitae (CV) for more details on my training, research, teaching, and more.

In my free time, I like to get outside (camping, backpacking, running), explore the planet (travel!), and spend time with my family, friends, and dog Gus. Thank you for stopping by.

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Lab Website


208-426-1381 (campus office)



Boise State University

Dept. of Psychological Science

1910 University Drive

Boise, Idaho 83725