Amber Letcher is an assistant professor of human development and 4-H Youth Development Specialist in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University. Her research focuses on youth development and risk-taking in the context of early peer relationships. Her dissertation work compared the self-reported and observed attachment characteristics of adolescent couples and the relationship between romantic attachment and risk behaviors.
Current projects are implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of a community-based mentoring program for school-age youth and exploring the state of formal sexual education programs in rural communities. Since 2006, Letcher has worked with at-risk populations, including runaway and homeless youth, homeless mothers and their young children, substance-abusing mothers with children, and substance-using youth.
Ph.D. in Human Development, The Ohio State University, 2012
M.S. in Human Development, The Ohio State University, 2008
B.S. in Consumer Affairs, South Dakota State University, 2005