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Faculty Bio

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Research Expertise

  • Parenting           

  • Racism & Health disparities

  • Adolescent mental health                     

  • African American families            

  • Racial & ethnic identity       

  • Intersectionality

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion     

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Recipient, Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award, Division 43, Couple and Family Psychology, American  Psychological Association, 2021

  • Recipient, Doris W. Sands Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2017

  • Recipient, Jerry P. Wrenn Outstanding Service Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2016

  • Recipient, Faculty Minority Achievement Award, President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues, University of Maryland, 2016

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 43: Society of Family Psychology, 2015

  • Rosa Parks Labor of Love Award, Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland, 2015

  • Outstanding Mentor, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, 2011, University of Maryland-College Park

  • National Institute of Mental Health Travel Award for Early Career Investigators, Child Depression Consortium, 2007

  • Postdoctoral Minority Supplement Fellowship, NICHD, 1999-2001

  • National Research Service Award, NIMH Predoctoral Fellowship, 1994 to 1999

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Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • Identity, Places, & Spaces

  • African American Families

  • Family Theories & Patterns

  • Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Disorders

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Elementary Psychology

Graduate Courses

  • Clinical Assessment I: Assessment of Children

  • Clinical Assessment II Lab: Cognitive Assessment of Adults

  • Practicum in Family Therapy with Adolescents

  • Treatment of Adolescent Depression Clinic

  • Ethnic Families & Health Disparities

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