The Ocean Tides School Research Assistant Program

Primary Investigator: Dr. Judy A. Van Wyk, Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology (pictured at left)

Dr. Van Wyk’s team at the Public Policy Lab will work to encode data from the case files of residents at Ocean Tides, an accredited school and residential treatment program for adjudicated boys (ages 13-17) in Narragansett, RI. Ocean Tides is operated by De La Salle Christian Brothers, a non-profit organization, under the auspices of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Student research assistants on the team will include Olivia Johnson (pictured above, at center), Antineice Muhammad and Randy Urena (at right). They will practice valuable research skills, learn about the Ocean Tides School and meet the staff. The data they process will help Ocean Tides develop future programming for their residents and inform research about troubled youth.