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Ashley Fraser

Assistant Professor
Family Life

2085 JFSB
Provo, UT 84601


Dr. Ashley Fraser is an assistant professor in the School of Family Life at BYU. She has bachelors and masters degrees in Human Development from Brigham Young University, and a doctorate degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. The overarching goal of Dr. Fraser’s research is to understand and support positive development across childhood and adolescence, particularly in contexts of adversity. To do so, she specifically investigates the interplays of individual, family, and societal level factors on the development of hope and resilience, empathy, prosocial behavior, and practices that contribute to equitable and anti-racist behaviors across childhood.

Research Interests

Hope, Resilience, Empathy, Prosocial Behavior, Parenting, Socialization, Anti-racism, Prejudice, Bias, Media

Teaching Interests

Human Development, Moral Development, Cross-Cultural Development, Racism & Discrimination


  • PhD, Family and Human Development , Arizona State University (2021)
  • MS, Marriage, Family, and Human Development , Brigham Young University (2012)
  • Bachelors, School of Family Life: Human Development , Brigham Young University (2010)

Honors and Awards

  • BYU Faculty Women's Association Teaching Award, BYU Faculty Women's Association (2022 - Present)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Grant, College of Family, Home, and Social Science, BYU (2021 - Present)
  • ASU Graduate Jumpstart Research Grant, Arizona State University (2020 - 2021)
  • Latino Resilience Enterprise Research Fellowship, Arizona State University (2020 - 2020)


  • International Communication Association (2022 - Present)
  • ASU Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Hope (2021 - Present)
  • Society for Research on Adolescence (2021 - Present)
  • Society for Research on Child Development (2021 - Present)

Courses Taught


Tracy Spinrad Diana Gal-Szabo Nancy Eisenberg Sonya Xinyu Xiao Jingyi Xu Rebecca Berger Sarah L. Pierotti Deborah Liable Gustavo Carlo Jayley Janssen Ashley Michelle Fraser Xioye Xu Wen Wang Jamie Lopez Ashley Michelle Fraser Crystal I. Bryce Carina Kahill Diana Jenkins Peter J Reschke Ashley M Fraser Jana Pickett Katey Workman Hailey Lehnhardt Laura Padilla-Walker Kristen Cox Hailey Holmgren K. Summers Brandon Clifford Lee Essig Sarah Marie Coyne Matthew G. Nielsen Diana Jenkins Ashley Michelle Fraser Ashley M. Fraser Crystal I. Bryce Brittany L. Alexander Richard A. Fabes Ashley Michelle Fraser Laura A Stockdale Crystal I. Bryce Brittany L. Alexander Crystal I. Bryce Ashley Michelle Fraser Richard Fabes Brittany L. Alexander Ana Maria Melendez Guevara Larissa Gaias Ashley Michelle Fraser Sarah Lindstrom Johnson Ashley Michelle Fraser Larissa Gaias Ana Maria Melendez Guevara Sarah Lindstrom Johnson Ashley M Fraser Brittany L Alexander Tashia Abry Casey Sechler Richard A. Fabes Carlos Valiente Wen Wang Longfeng Li Ashley M. Fraser