Genia Bettencourt

Genia Bettencourt

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Center for Student Success Research


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Genia Bettencourt is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Center for Student Success Research (CSSR) at UMass Amherst and instructor for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership and Administration. Genia earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. Her research centers on equity for marginalized populations within higher education by focusing on issues of social class, college access, student activism, and STEM learning. Genia has a background in student affairs and social justice education, with work experience in residential life, student leadership, and pre-college programs.



Bettencourt, G. M., Kimball, E., & Wells, R. S. (2018). Disability in postsecondary STEM learning environments: What faculty focus groups reveal about definitions and obstacles to effective support. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(4), 387-400.

Bettencourt, G. M. (2018). Embracing problems, processes, and contact zones: Using youth participatory action research to challenge adultism. Action Research. doi: 10.1177/1476750318789475

George Mwangi, C. A., Bettencourt, G. M., & Malaney, V. K. (2018).  Collegians creating (counter)space online: A critical discourse analysis of the I, Too, Am social media movement. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.11(2), 146-163. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000054

Morales, D. M., Bettencourt, G. M., Green, K., & George Mwangi, C. A. (2017).  “I want to know about everything that’s happening in the world”: Enhancing critical awareness through youth participatory action research with Latinx youths. The Educational Forum, 81(4), 401-417. doi: 10.1080/00131725.2017.1350236

Bettencourt, G. M., Malaney, V. K., Kidder, C. J., & George Mwangi, C. A. (2017). Examining scholar-practitioner identity in peer-led research communities in higher education programs. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 2, 95-113. Retrieved from

Manly, C. A., Wells, R. S., & Bettencourt, G. M. (2017). Financial planning for college: Parental preparation and capital conversion. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 38(3), 421-438. doi:10.1007/s10834-016-9517-0

George Mwangi, C. A. & Bettencourt, G. M. (2017). A qualitative toolkit for institutional research. In E. Kimball & K. I. Loya (Eds). Using qualitative research to promote organizational intelligence. New Directions for Institutional Research, no. 174, pp. 11-23). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. doi: 10.1002/ir.20217

Bettencourt, G. M. (2016). If it isn’t on ­­­­______, it didn’t happen: Examining the links between technology and connection. About Campus, 21(5), 27-31. doi:10.1002/abc.21267