Research Team

Neutral Zone - Youth-Driven Space

Heng-Chieh “Jamie” Wu, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Jamie started her work in youth program evaluation and research a decade ago. She is still fascinated about the million ways youth can and should be supported to express their voices, think critically, work collaboratively, and contribute meaningfully to their own development and that of their communities.


Megan Heintschel
Undergraduate Researcher

Megan is an undergraduate student at James Madison College, Michigan State University, where she studies international relations with a specialization in cyber security. Her interest in youth development lies within empowering young voices at a community level, thus enabling students to create small changes with large impacts.


Alison Shereda
Undergraduate Researcher

Alison is an undergraduate student at James Madison College, Michigan State University, where she studies comparative cultures and politics. She is interested in researching youth development because empowering youth and enhancing their social capital will truly allow younger generations to make positive changes in our world.