Lara Andrews

Expected Graduation: 2018


Adolescent Development

Research Interest(s)

Adolescent Development, Family Studies, Organized Sports, Parenting


  • Jennifer Carrano, Advisor

Lara Andrews

Lara Andrews is a Ph.D. student in HDFS interested in parental involvement in organized sports and positive youth development. Lara has combined her studies and research projects with her experiences as a professional softball player. She hopes to return to her hometown in New Zealand and work in academia. Lara is currently conducting her dissertation research in New Zealand. Prior to her research work, Laura served as a graduate instructor of several First Year Experience seminars, and developed the Special Olympics Relationship Experience (HDFS 225) course in which students participate in and coach organized sports with Special Olympics athletes.

Recent Presentations:

The Impact of the Common Reader Program on First Year Students, National Annual FYE Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2016.

Professional Experience:

  • First Year Experience Graduate Assistant, August 2013-2017
  • Developer/Instructor of Special Olympics Relationship Experience (HDFS 225), 2014-2017
  • New Zealand Women’s National Softball Team, July 2005-Present
  • Professional Softball Player for Thunders Castellana, Italian Softball League, 2016
  • Professional Softball Player for Pennsylvania Rebellion, May 2014-August 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Amy Rextrew Graduate Student Award, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware, 2017
  • Hunt Valley Sportswoman of the Year, April 2015
  • Most Valuable Player, University of Delaware Women’s Softball, 2011 & 2013

Past Education

  • M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware, 2015
  • B.S., Human Services, University of Delaware, 2013