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Assistant Extension Professor & State 4-H Youth Development Specialist

1110 S. College Avenue, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 884-0576
Curriculum Vitae


  • EdD, University of Missouri, 2019
  • MS, University of Missouri, 1994
  • BS, University of Missouri, 1992

Bradd Anderson

Research Interests

  • Leadership development
  • Positive youth development
  • Military children and teens
  • Adolescent development


As a research practitioner, Dr. Anderson leverages over two decades of career experience to establish accessible linkages between the theory, research, and practice of youth development. His career as a youth development specialist has ranged in scope from county 4-H clubs in rural Missouri to the more global reach of Army Headquarters. Keystones of Dr. Anderson’s approach include creating innovative developmental environments that engage the voice of youth, leveraging youth-adult partnerships, and utilizing emerging technologies. This includes founding FilmFest 4-H, the national youth film festival, the state 4-H Photo Corps, and coordinating Missouri’s State 4-H Council. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include youth leadership, military families, and the emerging field of positive youth development.

Research Areas