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Faculty Research Areas and Interests

Oladipo O. Aroyewun, Ph.D.
City University of New York, 1981/FAMU since 1996
Associate Professor Areas: BioPsychology/Experimental Psychology, Research Design & Statistics

Research: Dr. Aroyewun's primary research interests are in the following areas: (1) memory disorder/amnesia; (2) age dependent action of drugs; (3) psychoactive induction of lidpid peroxidation; (4) psychopharmology of melatonin. He is also interested in cognitive patterns over time among African Americans.

Joseph A. Baldwin, aka Kobi K. K. Kambon, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, 1975/FAMU since 1980
Professor and coordinator community psychology master’s program
Areas: Personality and Social Psychology, African-American Psychology, Black personality theory and assessment, mental health and cultural oppression, Worldviews assessment/cross-cultural belief systems, race relations and aggression.

Research: Dr. Baldwin's primary research interests are in the areas of African-American Psychology, Black personality and mental health (African self-consciousness) and the psychological outcomes of racial-cultural oppression of Blacks in American society (Cultural Misorientation and Worldviews assessment). He has developed the ASCS (African Self-Consciousness Scale), The Worldviews Scale (WVS) and the CMS (Cultural Misorientation Scale) to measure these personality and mental health dispositions and social perceptions related to the Black experience. His research focuses on relating these measures to other African-centered psychological and behavioral assessment measures, as well as toward explaining a variety of contemporary mental health problems prevalent among African-Americans. He is currently conducting research seeking to identify background, psychological and situational factors which predict ASCS, WVS and CMS scores, as well as behavioral factors that are predicted by such scores, both adaptive and maladaptive behaviors, such as self-esteem, stress coping, “N-word” usage and skin color prejudices and discriminatory behaviors, with the goal of developing ASCS and CMS based psychological/mental health profiles of African-Americans in these areas of functioning.

Yvonne R. Bell, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska, 1975/FAMU since 1978
Associate Professor
Areas: Educational and Developmental Psychology, African-American Psychology, Tests and Measurements, African-American learning styles and Racism

Research: Dr Bell's research interests are in the areas of African-American learning styles and problem solving behaviors, and the development of cultural specific/ Africentric assessment instruments related to these issues. She is currently conducting research comparing Black students' performance in relation to holistic versus fragmented/analytical task presentations.

Raeford Brown, Ph.D.
University of Michigan, 1977/FAMU since 1982
Associate Professor
Areas: Developmental and Social Psychology, African-American Psychology, Black child development and Black Personality

Research: Dr. Brown's research interests are in the areas of the influence of the African worldview in the socialization of African-American children, particularly related to moral development, and the development and expression of Africentric personality characteristics in Black students. He is also interesting in investigating psychological precursors to alcohol impaired driving safety restraints among African American youth.

DeAnna McKinnie-Burney, Ph.D.
University of South Florida, 1998/ FAMU since 2003
Assistant Professor & Director of School Psychology graduate Programs
Areas: School and Educational Psychology, Psycho-educational and Behavioral Assessments with African-American children

Research: Dr. Burney's research interests are in the following areas: Developing cognitive-behavioral intervention strategies that coincide with assessment tools developed (i.e., Adolescent Anger Rating Scale); development, implementation, and measurement of behavior interventions programs; The effects of biofeedback on adolescents at-risk for anger management problems; the effects of depression and self-esteem on academic performance in school age youth; the effects of pharmaceutical treatments of elementary age children diagnosed ADHD: school performance and behavior performance; the impact of parental stress and environment on the development of anger in African–American school-age children; emotional Intelligence as a predictor of self-esteem among African-American school-age children; the impact of emotional intelligence on academically high performing African-American students and their management of peer rejection; and the impact of evacuation and reunification during natural disasters on school age children: evidence of post traumatic stress disorder and the need for counseling.

John W. Chambers, Jr., Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati, 1977/FAMU since 1990
Areas: Experimental Psychology and Statistics, Biomedical and Health Psychology related to African-Americans, Research Methodology

Research: Dr. Chambers' research interests are in the areas of behavioral medicine and health psychology. Specific interests relate to investigating how personality dispositions and stress coping styles mediate the appraisal and response to potential stressors in the environment, and the interactions between sociocultural, psychosocial and psychophysiological factors relative to their effects on mental and physical wellbeing.

Seward E. Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D.
Howard University, 1987/FAMU since 1989
Assistant Professor
Areas: School Psychology, African-American Psychology, Multicultural Educational Assessment, Africentric Psycho-educational assessment

Research: Dr. Hamilton's research interests are in the following areas: the incorporation of Black personality theory into Africentric cognitive, educational and psychological assessment batteries, and the influence of African-centered curricula on personality, school behavior and achievement performance outcomes of so-called gifted and non-gifted African-American children. He is currently conducting research focused on the relationship between African self-consciousness and school behavior and performance of African-American children in elementary and middle schools.

Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, 1976/FAMU since 1996
Associate Professor
Areas: Clinical-Community Psychology, African Psychology, Africentric clinical intervention and assessment, Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist (inactive)

Research: Dr. Jackson-Lowman's research interests are in the following areas: Using African proverbs as a socialization tool with African American children and the use of proverbs as a tool for value transmission among African American elders; the relationship between cultural identity, spiritual orientation, and the mental health and psychological functioning of African American women; and factors impacting Black male-female relationships. She is also interested in multi-cultural clinical and community intervention methods.

Jermaine Robertson, Ph.D.
Howard University, 2003/FAMU since 2004 Assistant Professor
Areas: Clinical Psychology, African-American Psychology, Africentric clinical intervention and assessment, community psychology

Research: Dr. Robertson’s research interests fall under the broad category of social/cultural factors impacting African American mental health. More specifically, he is currently conducting research on ethnic/racial disparities in psychiatric diagnosing. Dr. Robertson’s other area of research interest is in mental health disparities in treatment utilization among African American young adults.

Jackie Collins Robinson, Ph.D.
Florida State University, 1991/FAMU since 2003
Assistant Professor
Areas: Clinical Psychology (Licensed psychologist Fl), school psychology (licensed school psychologist Fl), African-American mental health

Research: Dr. Robinson's research interests are in the following areas: the impact of ethnic identity (e.g., African Self Consciousness) on learning and teaching of historical information; characteristics of dual client families in home based counseling; and obesity and body image.

Neico S.Slater-Sa-Ra, M.S.
Florida A&M University, 2004/FAMU since 2006
Visiting Professor
Areas: Community Psychology, African/Black Psychology, and Adolescent Mental Health

Research: Mrs. Slater-Sa-Ra’s research interests include the following areas: adolescent mental health, spirituality and African/Black Psychology as it relates to Cultural Misorientation (CM), and African Self-Consciousness (ASC).

Gwendolyn Singleton, Ph.D.
Howard University, 2002/FAMU since 2003 Assistant Professor
Areas: Experimental,Neuropsychology

Research: Dr. Singleton’s research examines the impact of neuropsychological rehabilitation on cognitive recovery in brain-injured patients; as well as research on the effectiveness of cognitive restructuring and relaxation training in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Dr. Singleton is also conducting research that examines the effects of stress on blood pressure and cortisol (a stress hormone) in African Americans.

Amber Golden-Thompson, Ph.D.
Florida State Univesity, 2006/FAMU since 2006
Visiting Professor
Areas: Family Relations, African-American Identity and Development, African-American family boundaries and roles, Culturally Responsive Research and Program Evaluation methods, and Statistics

Research: Dr. Golden-Thompson’s research interests include intra- and interpersonal influences on identity development; intergenerational family roles, boundaries, and dynamics; intergenerational patterns of mental, physical, and spiritual health and nutrition. Dr. Golden-Thompson is also working on several evaluation projects assessing educational programs for African-American youth and emerging adults.

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