Tiago is a criminologist and social street worker, delving deeper into developmental and life-course approaches. He researches and intervenes in preventing antisocial behavior trajectories and fostering positive child development within disadvantaged communities through innovative school-community projects. By enrolling in the Ph.D. in Family Sciences (Adolescent Development) at the University of Kentucky, he will research early school absenteeism trajectories and their behavioral and health consequences, focusing on Portuguese Romani children. To grasp these phenomena, he seeks to design a longitudinal cohort study, enabling the identification of early causes of school absenteeism and the translation of findings into better practices and policy. The main goal is to apply science in-context to enhance both school attendance and well-being of Romani youth – a major step towards addressing antigypsyism. Thus, Tiago intends to create a new developmental-health framework by intersecting Family Sciences, Developmental and Health Criminology, Romani Studies, and Educational and Prevention Sciences

University of Kentucky

Grant duration: 5 years