Department of Psychology

FACULTY



Jermaine Robertson, Ph.D., Department Chair

RANK:             Associate Professor

AREA:            Clinical Psychology

EDUCATION:
Dr. Robertson is also a proud graduate of the Community Psychology program (1997) at Florida A&M University.  After completing his master’s degree, he went on to study at Howard University where he received his PhD in Clinical (Child) Psychology in 2003.  Upon completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Robertson worked as a research fellow in the Psychiatry department.

EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Robertson worked as a research fellow in the Psychiatry Department at Howard University Hospital (HUH) on a collaborative research project with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  The focus of the HUH/NIMH collaboration was to recruit more African Americans into clinical trials focusing on psychopharmacological treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. He is also the current Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), North Florida chapter president and a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida.

ROLE(S):
After completing this fellowship, Dr. Robertson joined the faculty in the Psychology department at Florida A&M University (2004) where he is currently an associate professor and the director of the Community Psychology Program. Dr. Robertson has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, many of whom have gone on to get their doctorate degrees in psychology and/or are doing intervention, prevention, and healing work in African American community.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
His research focus is on racial and cultural identity and how these elements impact the development of various psychological and behavioral disorders in African descent populations.  More specifically, he has conducted research identifying the incidence and prevalence rates of various psychological disorders in African American young adults and the social and cultural factors  (racial identity, racial socialization, and cultural misorientation) that prevent them from seeking psychological help.  Another area of research focus has been in cultural and psychological factors impacting college student involvement in hazing.

INTERESTING FACTS:
Jermaine Robertson is a proud husband of 19 years and father of 2 children.

This academic year, Dr. Robertson is willing to accept one to two thesis students; He is willing to serve on theses committees as a departmental or as an outside member.



Yolanda K.H. Bogan, Ph.D.,
Directer of College Research and Assessment
(Office Hours)


RANK:            Professor

AREA:            Clinical Psychology

EDUCATION:       
Dr. Bogan received her bachelor’s degree from Emory University. She holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Bogan completed her internship at Baylor College of Medicine.

EXPERIENCE:   
Dr. Yolanda K.H. Bogan is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in the State of Florida. She has over twenty-five years of experience working in outpatient, inpatient, faith-based, and higher education counseling settings. She is Director Emeritus of the FAMU Office of Counseling Services.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Dr. Bogan has been the PI or Co-PI for over $5,000,000 in external funds for Florida A&M University. She has two currently funded National Science Foundation projects: the NSF FAMU ADVANCE (former co-PI) and An Examination of the Impact of HBCU’s on Persistence of Women in STEM (PI). She received certification in mixed methods research from the University of Michigan and is using a mixed methods approach to her most recently-funded NSF project which focuses on African-American women scientists with HBCU baccalaureate degrees. For thirty years, she has studied, supervised and provided therapy services related to women’s issues including depression, sexual assault, substance abuse and women’s health. She is the former director of the FAMU Women’s Center and FAMU Project Safe. She has extensive training in substance abuse treatment and has written on sexual assault and parenting concerns. She is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists, the American Psychological Association (Divisions 5 and 45) and an Emeritus member of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors.
Dr. Bogan is willing to advise one thesis student that strives to conduct research in the area of sexual assault.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:
  • Bogan, Y.K.H. & Wells-Wilbon, R. (In progress). Sexual Assault Intervention: Using Afrocentric Culturally-informed Strategies.
  • Bogan, Y.K.H. (Submitted). The Examination of Sexual Assault in America for African women and girls in colonial America: History, Myths and Movements that Minimize Sexual Assault. Huberta Jackson-Lowman (Ed). Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture: Second Edition. Cognella: San Diego.
  • Bogan, Y.K.H. (2019). Review of Screening, Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/26408066.2019.1676357
  • Hinton, T., Bogan, Y., & Li, H. (2018). Spending behaviors, cultural identity, and mindfulness of African American college student

INTERESTING FACTS:
Dr. Bogan is a fifth generation Floridian.  She married her college sweetheart and they have three grown sons, two of whom are Navy officers.  She loves reading, traveling, chocolate, and spending time with her dog, Darcie. 


Nkechinyelum A. Chioneso, Ph.D.

RANK: Assistant Professor

AREA: Community Psychology

EDUCATION:
Dr. Chioneso completed her doctoral degree at North Carolina State University, Applied Social and Community Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies. At the University of Windsor in Canada, she completed both her master’s degree, Social Psychology, and bachelor’s degree, Psychology.

EXPERIENCE:
In addition to providing leadership in the development and implementation of university-community engagement efforts, she has consulted with community groups and non-profit organizations seeking solutions to better address the social determinants of health.

ROLE(S):
Fall 2018, Dr. Chioneso joined the Department of Psychology.  She teaches a graduate course, Community Psychology Seminar, and core undergraduate courses: Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and Community Psychology. She also serves on departmental and community committees.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Dr. Chioneso seeks to promote healthy individuals within healthy communities by advancing psychological sense of community, sustaining wellness, and building healthy systems. Currently, her research focuses on community healing which includes an exploration of Frantz Fanon’s practice of sociotherapy.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:
  • Chioneso, N. A., Yusuf, M., & Elmi, S. (Under review).  Mending a Crack in the Sky: An evolving community healing case study among Somali Canadians.
  • Chioneso, N. A., Hunter, C. D., Gobin, R. L., Smith, S., Mendenhall, R., & Neville, H. A.      (Under review).  Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling: A framework     to address racial trauma in Africana communities.
  • Stabler, A., Chioneso, N. A., Taffolla, M. (2019, May).  A model for prison-based peer-led trauma informed community learning. 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, IL.
  • Chioneso, N. A. (2018, June). Mending a Crack in the Sky: Community healing implementation challenges among Somali Canadians. 50th Annual Conference of the Association of Black Psychologists, Oakland, CA.

INTERESTING FACTS:
Dr. Chioneso is a certified yoga instructor and she enjoys speculative fiction.



 Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Ph.D.

RANK:          Professor

AREAS:        Clinical Psychology (with Community emphasis)

EDUCATION:   
Dr. Jackson-Lowman received a Master of Arts in Clinical-Experimental Psychology from Wichita State and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. After completing her Ph.D., she was awarded a post-doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her postdoctoral experience with Right Start (now Center for Family Excellence) involved co-directing the implementation of a Rotating Parenting Lab in several Black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, PA.

EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Jackson-Lowman is a past Chair (2005-2011) of the Department of Psychology. A Fulbright-Hays Scholar and editor of the anthology Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class and Culture (2014), her post-doctoral career has consisted of roles in both the private and public sectors including serving as Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Families, an initiative focused on reducing the high Black infant mortality rate in Pittsburgh, PA; and serving as Co-Director of the Institute of the Black Family. Currently, she serves as the President of the National Association of Black Psychologists (2017-2019). She is certified through the Association of Black Psychologists as a diplomate and fellow in Afrikan-centered psychology. She has served on a variety of nonprofit Boards including most recently the Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.  For the past eight years she has led the implementation of Community Healing DaysSM in Tallahassee, a national initiative of the Community Healing Network that focuses on defying the lie of black inferiority. She has also been instrumental in the training of trainers for Emotional Emancipation CirclesSM (EECs) in the greater Tallahassee community.   She engages in consulting and training with nonprofits and schools primarily addressing  issues concerning Black women and girls, including the impact of trauma on the lives of Black women and girls; cultural strategies for socializing Black children; and the role of root shock as a trauma that has disrupted the functioning of Black neighborhoods and families.

ROLES:
Dr. Jackson-Lowman is a member of the graduate faculty and also teaches undergraduate courses.  Additionally, she serves on the Community Psychology Committee and other departmental committees as needed; advises students; serves on and chairs thesis committees; and is the Advisor for the Association of Black Psychologists Student Circle.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Dr. Jackson-Lowman’s research examines the effects of the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and culture on the health, mental health, and relationships of women of Afrikan ancestry and explores the use of cultural strategies in the socialization of Black youth.  An emerging area of research focuses on the use of cultural policy to reset standards and norms in troubled Black communities and foster a sense of agency and empowerment.
Dr. Jackson-Lowman is willing to advise one thesis student for the upcoming year; she is willing to serve as a thesis committee member.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:
  • Jackson-Lowman, H. (2018). Introduction:  Building for Eternity.  Journal of Black Psychology, 44(8), 827-833.
  • Jackson-Lowman, H. & Haile, B. (2016).  A Call for Collective Black Community Commitment to the Socialization of the Black Child.  In Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in Florida.  The National Black Child Development Institute, 85-87.
  • Jackson-Lowman, H. (Ed.) (2014). Afrikan American Women:  Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, 433 pages.
  • Jackson-Lowman, H. & Haile, B. (2014).  Cultural policy:  The missing tool in the development of Black community agency & empowerment. Black Child Journal, Winter 2014, 64-75.
INTERESTING FACTS:
Numerologist; dabble in writing poetry; former soloist and dancer with the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble; initiated priest in the Lukumi/Yoruba spiritual tradition; married with three adult children and five beautiful grandchildren.

Curriculum Vitae

 



Dr. Amber Golden, Ph.D.



RANK:          Visiting Professor

AREA:           Community Psychology, Family Relations, Program Evaluation

EDUCATION:
After graduating from HU’s Department of Psychology (‘94), Dr. Golden went on to earn a Master’s in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University (‘97). She sought to further her training to pursue her deep-seated interest in improving mental health and well-being in the African American community with the incorporation of the arts, particularly dances of the African Diaspora. Dr. Golden returned to school and earned a Doctorate (‘06) from Florida State University in Family Relations with emphases in Marriage and Family Therapy, Measurement and Statistics, and Program Evaluation. Most recently, Dr. Golden completed the terminal degree in Choreography (MFA, 2019) from Jacksonville University. The programmatic focus was on the use of the emerging research method Practice As Research (PAR).

EXPERIENCE: 

Dr. Golden began her career as a home-based therapist and transitioned into Program Evaluation for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Offices. Dr. Golden taught at Florida A&M University’s Dept of Psychology for eight years. She has also worked in corporate Program Evaluation settings where she consulted with nonprofits and government entities to improve policy to address health disparities and increase health equity for communities of color.

Dr. Golden is currently conducting research for the Congressional Black Caucus and the Association of Black Psychologist to assess the needs and impact of COVID-19 on the Black community. She is also a certified facilitator of Emotional Emancipation Circles™ (EEC). EECs are designed to assist people of African descent in beginning and deepening the healing process from the deleterious, intergeneration effects of systemic racism.


ROLE(S):
Dr. Golden is currently a Visiting Professor for the 2020-2021 academic term. She is working with various departmental committees to support the departmental assessment plan and the development of online programs. During her previous terms, she has served on master’s thesis committees and mentored graduate and undergraduate students.


RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Dr. Golden is deeply interested in expanding access to mental health and wellness information in communities of color. Her current research is on a needs & strengths assessment on the impact of COVID-19 in the Black community. Past research includes spirituality as a moderator of stress and the role of socio-cultural relationships on identity exploration. She is interested in the use of the arts as both an access point for increased self-understanding but also a method of community engagement in discussing and identifying community level solutions to address various mental health and wellness issues that impact our lives and families.


Leona Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.,
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
(Office Hours)


RANK:             Assistant Professor

AREA:            Educational Psychology (with a sub-specialty in Industrial/Organizational Psychology) 

EDUCATION:   
After completing her undergraduate degree at Jackson State University and MBA from Strayer University, Dr. Johnson earned a Master’s degree and PhD in Educational Psychology from Howard University. Dr. Johnson also completed a dual doctoral internship as a researcher at the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Inc., and the Educational Research Service (ERS) where she co-authored  a book on “What We Know About: Culture and Learning”.    

EXPERIENCE:   
Dr. Johnson has extensive experience working with corporate companies such as IBM, Loral, and Lockheed Marin in various positions including Program Management and Small Business Mentorship. She began her teaching career as an adjunct professor at Howard University. Since then, Dr. Johnson has taught in various higher education settings. She has over 15 years of experience teaching in higher education having worked as a Psychology Professor, Department Chair, Assistant Dean, and Doctoral Dissertation Chair. Dr. Johnson is very passionate about teaching and learning. She is student-centered and genuinely focused on giving back to her students and the community.
Dr. Johnson is seeking serious and highly motivated graduate thesis students and active research assistants.

ROLE(S):
Dr. Johnson is new to the department of Psychology at FAMU as of Fall 2019. She is excited about working with the students, faculty, community stakeholders and actively serving the Department of Psychology. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:   
Dr. Johnson’s research interests are synergistic with her teaching pedagogy. She is actively involved in research on classroom dynamics and the classroom learning environment, primarily from the student’s voice. Her research interests include factors which influence the classroom learning environment and classroom dynamics such as:  culture and learning, online and face-to-face learning, sleep deprivation and learning, stress and learning, group dynamics, student learning preferences, innovative teaching strategies, teacher characteristics, and social media and learning.  

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:
  • Johnson, L.M. (2019). Classroom Dynamics: The Classroom as Workplace. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Johnson, L. M. (2018). Perceptions of the Characteristics of Effective Teachers in Higher 
  • Education: The Students’ Voice. In N. Gallavan and L. Putnam (Eds.), ATE Yearbook XXVI Building upon Inspirations and Aspirations with Hope, Courage, and Strength (pp.7-23). Lanham, MD, Roman & Littlefield Publishers.            
  • Johnson, L. M. (2017) Teaching the Millennial Student. Workshop presented at Hampton University, Hampton University Freshman Studies Program.  
  • Johnson, L. M. (2017). Students’ Perceptions of the Behavioral Characteristics of Teacher Caring. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.  
INTERESTING FACTS:
Dr. Johnson’s hobbies are reading, shopping, and traveling (especially abroad).  

Curriculum Vitae

 
 


Huijun Li, Ph.D.,
Assistant Director of Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application


RANK:            Associate Professor

AREA:            School Psychology

EDUCATION:   
Dr. Li received her undergraduate degree in English and graduate degree in Applied Linguistics in China. She got her Ph.D. degree in School Psychology from University of Arizona in 2003.

EXPERIENCE:   
Dr. Li is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Nationally Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. She was the Director of Multicultural Research of the Commonwealth Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

ROLE(S):
Dr. Li is as a key faculty in the Department, teaching Core undergraduate (Research Design and Methods, Introduction to Psychology) and graduate courses (Psychoeducational Assessment and Individual Personality Assessment), serving as graduate student thesis advisor. She now serves as the Assistant Director of Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application to conduct training and service within the Department of Psychology and the local communities. Dr. Li has been an undergraduate and graduate program committee member, working with her valuable colleagues on important issues related to program development. On behalf of the Department of Psychology, she has been a member of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Grievance Committee since 2012, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee member since 2018, and the Florida A&M University Institutional Review Board member since 2016. She will serve as a member of the Faculty Senate for two years from 2019 to 2021.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:   
Dr. Li has received federal and foundation grants to conduct research on psychosocial factors related to mental health, such as culture specific beliefs about causes of mental illness, stigma, and barriers to services, among individuals from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Li has been also receiving federal funding to study risk factors and symptoms of youth at clinical high risk for psychotic disorders. She was on sabbatical at Harvard Medical School Fall 2017, furthering her study and research on the clinical high risk population.  Dr. Li serves on the Editorial Board of Asian Journal of Psychiatry and Editorial Advisory Board of Psychology in the Schools. She has also served as Research Committee Chair of Florida Association of School Psychologists and a program reviewer of National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Li actively conducts psychoeducational trainings on youth mental health in local communities. She served as expert on youth mental health on the local ABC TV news after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting incident. Dr. Li is the author or co- author of peer-reviewed journal articles, book, book chapters, translated books, and conference presentations.

This academic year, Dr. LI is willing to accept one to two thesis students; She is willing to serve on theses committees as a departmental or as an outside member.


PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:
  • Li, H., Shapiro, D.I., & Seidman, L.J. (Edited. 2019). Handbook of Attenuated Psychosis Syndromes Across Cultures: International Perspectives on Early Identification and Intervention. Springer Publishing Company.
  • Zhang, T.H., Tang, X.C., Li, H., Woodberry, K., Kline, E…Wang, J. (2019). Clinical subtypes That predict conversion to psychosis: A canonical correlation analysis study from the ShangHai At Risk for Psychosis (SHARP) Program. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
  • Rowe, M., Robinson, J.C., Singleton, G. L., & Li, H (contact author). (2018).  Risk factors of attenuated psychosis syndrome in African American young adults: Ethnic identity and adverse childhood experiences. International Journal of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, 4:022. DOI: 10.23937/2572-4037.1510022
  • Li, H., Zhang, T.H., Xu, L., Tang, Y., Cui, L., Wei, Y., Woodberry, K…Seidman, L., Wang, J. (2017). Clinical profile and predictors of outcomes in outpatients at clinical high risk for psychosis: An examination of conversion rate change. Schizophrenia Research. pii: S0920-9964(17)30727-2. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.11.029.
  • Li, C., & Li, H. (2017).  Acculturative stress and resilience perceived by Chinese immigrant children and parents: Implication for multicultural consultation.  Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, DOI: 10.1080/10474412.2016.1275648.
INTERESTING FACTS:
Dr. Li loves suspense novels and movies. Table tennis and badminton are her favorite sports.

Curriculum Vitae

 
 
 


Brian Carey Sims, Ph.D.
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RANK:      Associate Professor

AREAS:    Afrikan Media Psychology, Educational Psychology

EDUCATION:
Dr. Sims received his     B.A.in psychology from Florida A&M University in 2001. In 2003, Dr. Sims earned a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, from the University of Michigan (2006).

EXPERIENCE:
Brian Carey Sims has almost 15 years of faculty and administrative experience in university teaching and learning, faculty governance, research ethics, and social and instructional media. He has served as North Carolina A&T State University’s Faculty Senate President, and as a member of the North Carolina Faculty Assembly. In 2010, Dr. Sims founded the Dialogue on Progressive Enlightenment (DOPE) Conference, an interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference designed to connect faculty and students with local community stakeholders. Since then, his Structured Dialogue Method (SDM) model has informed both pedagogy and college student development on several college campuses and has been implemented by multiple community organizations and foundations.
Dr. Sims is founder and executive director at Jomoworks, an education management consulting firm specializing in University / K-12 partnership development. Jomoworks’ portfolio includes evidence-based programs from coast-to-coast, funded research and evaluation projects from public and private-sector institutions, strategic partnerships in community violence prevention and engagement and
research dissemination science. His research focuses on the psychological implications of media for individuals, families, and communities of African descent. He has published and presented his work around the world, and has authored several articles, edited book chapters, seminars and interactive workshops.
Dr. Sims is a strong advocate for international education and has led study abroad programs for undergraduates to West Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Haiti. His forthcoming book, College Thug Syndrome, offers an explosive African-centered cultural analysis of higher education in the United States. Dr. Sims is an Interdisciplinary Research Leaders fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

ROLE(S):
Dr. Sims teaches two of our core course, Black Psychology, and Psychological Statistics. Dr. Sims actively engages with our students in structured dialogue “FIGHT CLUB” seminars through the academic year.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:       
Afrikan Media Psychology
Dr. Sims is not taking on thesis students for the upcoming year; however, he is willing to serve as a thesis committee member.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:
  • Henderson, D.X., Shepard, C. and Sims, B.C. (2019).  Modeling How the Structured Dialogue Method (SDM) Promotes Community-University Collaboration.  Paper presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research in Action, Chicago, IL.
  • Sims, B.C. (2017). Decolonizing Comedy: African Media Psychology in Action. Paper accepted at the 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress, Durban, South Africa.
  • Sims, B.C. (2016). Psychological and Ethical Factors in African American Custody Litigation. Paper presented at the International Conference on Legal Psychology and Ethics, London, England.
  • Sims, B.C. (2013). Non-Traditional Addictions: Technology & Media. In S.L. Lusk (Ed.) Counseling the Addicted Family: Implications for Practitioners. Aspen. ISBN: 978-0-9721642-9-0
  • Sims, B.C., Toms, Z., Cannady, J. & Shumpert, J. (2010). Coding Cosby: Racial identity themes on television. American Journal of Media Psychology, 3, 141-155.
INTERESTING FACTS:
I’m great at Spades and parallel parking.


Gwendolyn Singleton, Ph.D.
Director of Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application
(Office Hours)

RANK:      Associate Professor

AREAS:    Neuropsychology

EDUCATION:
Dr. Singleton received her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from Howard University. In August 2011, Dr. Singleton was elected as the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at FAMU, becoming the first FAMU alumnus elected to this position.

EXPERIENCE:
At FAMU, Dr. Singleton served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board and as a Faculty Senator. She serves on a host of other university committees, as the faculty advisor and mentor for several student organizations, and in community services initiatives.

ROLE(S):
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Singleton also serves as the Director of the Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Applications (CEPRA).

RESEARCH INTERESTS:       
Singleton has been engaged in ongoing research that examine (1) the efficacy of cognitive and behavior-based interventions in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, (2) the relationships among stress, blood pressure, cortisol, and interleukin-6 (IL-6), (3) the impact of stress management intervention on the recovery response to neuropsychological rehabilitation, and (4) the relationships among perceived stress, perceived racism, cultural identity, stress biomarkers (cortisol and IL-6) and health outcomes. Dr. Singleton’s research aims are to contribute to the broadening and enhancement of the field’s comprehension of the utility of self-management practices and its’ psychological and physiological benefits; as well as, to increase knowledge relative to the individual and summative influences of subjective, physiological, and hormonal responses to stress. This research will facilitate additional research in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, in that it allows the study of the effects of psychological events on nervous system functions, and its effects on immune system functions. Additionally, Dr. Singleton’s research not only, bridges several uncommonly connected areas of research: neuropsychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and alternative/behavioral medicine, but also contributes to the reduction the disparities in the incidence, severity and recovery from stress-related diseases in African Americans.

This academic year, Dr. Singleton is willing to accept one thesis student; She is willing to serve on thesis committees as a departmental or as an outside committee member.

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:

  • Lewis, C., Li, H., Singleton, G., Zollicoffer, A. (Under review). The Influence of Psychosocial Experiences on Risk for Psychosis in African American Young Adults: Implications for Early Intervention. Early Intervention in Psychiatry.
  • Li, H., Lewis, C., Chi, H., Singleton, G., Williams, N. (Under Review). Mobile Health Applications for Mental Illnesses: An Asian Context. Asian J Psychiatry.
  • Owens, B. & Singleton, G. (2018). Ethnic-racial socialization, cultural identity, and perceived stress are related to mental and physical health in African Americans. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 53(1), 27-35.
  • Singleton, G., Robertson, J., & Robinson, J. (2018). Core concepts in general psychology: Culture, society, life (3rd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Great River Technologies.
INTERESTING FACTS:
Dr. Singleton is an avid runner, kickboxer, and a stellar ballroom dancer! Recently, she and her husband celebrate their son's matriculation into college.


Neico Sa Ra-Slater, Ph.D.
(Office Hours)

RANK:          Visiting Professor

AREA:            Community Psychology, Educational Leadership

EDUCATION:
Dr. Neico Slater-Sa-Ra is a proud graduate of the Community Psychology program (2004) at Florida A&M University.  After completing her master’s degree, she went on to study Educational Leadership at Florida A&M University.  Throughout her Master’s and Doctoral studies, Dr. Slater-Sa-Ra worked as a Professor and Psychologist.

EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Slater-Sa-Ra has extensive clinical filed experience.  As a practicing Psychologist, and independent contractor, Mrs. Sa-Ra has worked as a specialist for treatment of major mental health disorders for over 15 years.  Additionally, Dr. Sa-Ra has trained counselors and therapist in crisis intervention, established, implemented and evaluated programs in early childhood education, Umoja Kazi Parenting Training, and Hugging the Cactus Pre-Marital Development.  Mrs. Sa-Ra participates in academic and community organizations inclusive of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), North Florida chapter, KONSANBA, Abusua Kuo and Hope Through COPE.  Mrs. Slater-Sa-Ra is nationally known for her ‘on the groundwork’ with Black girls and women’s development through age grade rites of passage.  Dr. Slater Sa-Ra is a registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, works with CEPRAH as the community liaison and is trained in Mental Health Counseling First Aid.

ROLE(S):
Dr. Slater-Sa-Ra joined the faculty in the Psychology department at Florida A&M University (2020) where she is currently a visiting Associate Professor.   Mrs. Sa-Ra has worked with undergraduates to improve retention and encourage enrollment in graduate school. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Dr. Slater-Sa-Ra’s research interests are in analysis of the explicit and implicit intentionality of curriculum, culturally relevant pedagogy and African-centered education. She is conducting research on rites of passage, the psychology of Black education, African spirituality as a therapeutic treatment modality, African-Centered school Leadership and the psychology of Black hair.  Understanding the intersection of education, leadership, race and psychology undergirds her passions in research, writing, publishing and community work.                                                                

This academic year, Dr. Slater-Sa-Ra is willing to serve on theses committees as a departmental or as an outside member.

INTERESTINGFACTS:
Neico Slater-Sa-Ra is a proud wife of 24 years, a mother of 4 children and new Grandmother (Yeye) of a beautiful little girl.



 Novell E. Tani, Ph.D.,
 Graduate Program Coordinator
(Office Hours)
(Virtual Office)


RANK:          Assistant Professor

AREAS:        Developmental Psychology (with Social/Education emphasis)

EDUCATION:
Novell Tani received his bachelor’s in psychology from Florida A&M University. Novell also earned a master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences from FAMU (emphasis in History); simultaneously, Novell Tani earned his Master’s Degree in Developmental psychology from Florida State University (FSU). Novell holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from FSU.


EXPERIENCE:
Novell has taught in various higher educational settings. As such, he strives to utilize atypical instruction approaches to spark intrinsic learning drives within students. He believes that education is a directed, collaborative, individual, and continual process. Novell emphasizes the importance of lecture preparation via prior reading and comprehension of course related materials, in-depth critical analysis via discussion, cross-disciplinary inquiry and debate of content materials. He also encourages student driven discourse, prompted with apprentice research, student teaching and cooperative analysis of materials related to psychology and minority populations. He has served as a research assistant at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), and currently does consulting with educators in primary and tertiary educational institutions.  Novell enjoys aiding the development of undergraduate and graduate students research. He is seeking diligent graduate/thesis students and active research assistants.


ROLE(S):
Novell serves the department in several capacities; his responsibilities range from teaching, serving on academic committees, advising, chairing master’s theses, conducting research, managing the departmental website, and overseeing the department’s Psychology Club.


RESEARCH INTERESTS:
A product of a single mother in a low socio-economic household, Novell has dedicated his research efforts to examine how African-American males face adversities from social and cultural influences. His studies examine teachers’ perceptions of students from varying demographic backgrounds and the possible effects of perception on students’ academic development.
Novell Tani is currently accepting thesis students and is willing to serve as a thesis committee member.
Additional research interests include: Self-Efficacy/Self-Motivation and impact on academic achievement, Predictors of Academic Self-Esteem variants, Cultural and experiential components that impact the sexuality development of LGBTQ individuals, & Racial Identity and Conscious, Capital Identity Projection, and Scholastic Identity Development.
This academic year, Dr. Tani is not accepting thesis students; however, he is willing to serve on theses committees as a departmental or as an outside member.


PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:

  • Gatlin, B., Hwang, J.K., Tani, N.E., Powell, K.B., Wood, T.S., Yang, D., Zargar, E., Connor, C.M. (2020 acceptance – under final revisions). Using Assessment to Improve the Precision of Teachers’ Perception of Students’ Academic Competence. The Elementary School Journal.
  • Davis, C., Tani, N.E., Bush, K. & Fields, A. (2020, revisions under review). Reading Outside of the Box: The Possibilities of Letterbox Lesson Implementation. The Florida Journal of Educational Research.
  • Davis, C. H., Tani, N. E., & *Christion, A. (in press). Using a cross-disciplinary teaching approach to attenuate the void: Building educators and researchers at a historically Black college/university (HBCU). In Davis, C. H., Hilton, A., Hamrick, R. & Brooks, F. E. (in press). The beauty and the burden of being a Black professor (Vol. 24). Emerald Publishing: United Kingdom.
  • Tani, N. E., *Williams, S.C., II, *Parrish, R., *Ferguson, C., *Burrows, D., & *Reed, A. (in press). “I am because we are…” Not just mentoring, but a collaborative approach to faculty and student development. In Davis, C. H., Hilton, A., Hamrick, R. & Brooks, F. E. (in press). The beauty and the burden of being a Black professor (Vol. 24). Emerald Publishing: United Kingdom.
  • Tani, N. E., & Ray, A. (2018).  An Examination of Academic Self-Esteem in Historically Black College/University (HBCU) Students: Considering Academic Performance and Task Difficulty. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 3, 97-116. https://doi.org/10.28945/4130
  • Tani, N.E., & Greir, S. (2018). Afrocentric Worldview, Hetero-Normative Ethos and Black LGBTQ Intellectuals Matriculating through Afrocentric-Driven Fields at Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs). (Ed.: Hilton, A, Outten, D., & Davis, C.). Underserved Populations at HBCUs: The Pathway to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Emerald Publishing Limited.

INTERESTING FACTS:
Novell enjoys music, Sci-Fi, jogging, Chinese food, and circular, intellectual conversations surrounding existentialism.

Curriculum Vitae


 

STAFF

Mrs. Annette Jackson-Austin
Office Manager


 
Ms. Charlene Howard, MS
,

Psychology Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Students with Last Names: A-Jh

Office Location:

Department of Psychology
501 Drive Tallahassee

GORE Education Complex 203B

Tallahassee, Florida 32307

EDUCATION: 
Ms. Howard attended Florida State University and graduated from the college of Social Sciences and Public Policy and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science concentrating in Sociology and Public Administration with a minor in Psychology. She attended Florida A&M University’s College of Social Science, Arts & Humanities and earned a Master’s of Social Science in Political Science. She is a Doctoral Candidate at Regent University studying Strategic Leadership-Leadership Coaching


EXPERIENCE:  
Ms. Howard began her career in the higher education profession at Florida State University as a Financial Aid Advisor and later became a Sr. Financial Aid Counselor and then an Academic Counselor at Florida A&M. Charlene was influential with the development of Florida A&M University’s First Year Experience Program; which is a program established to aid all First-Time In College Students with their transition from High School to College, Serving over 1500 students and in the implementation of the Access Summer Bridge Peer Mentor Program in 2014 serving up to 250 Students each summer.

Through these professional endeavors she discovered her natural coaching abilities and love for advising. Her passion for helping others has been fuel by the many experiences and interactions with students however her main fuel was her own personal collegiate experience. Unfortunately while in undergrad she was faced with a traumatic sexual experience, dealt with unknown psychological effects of being a First Generation College Student and unexpected personal circumstances the derailed her “planned” success. These experiences and her tenacity to overcome are the fuel for her passion towards pushing others to their purpose and helping students in higher level thinking and academic planning.


ROLE(S): 
Ms. Howard is a key faculty administrator. She serves as an academic advisor and provides educational guidance, academic planning and assist faculty and staff with policies and procedures to that enhance student success within the Department of Psychology.


INTERESTING FACTS:
Author of a poetry book, Loves Starbucks, Checkers 2.00 boxes only with BBQ sauce, believes in Jesus and Astrology, Enjoys Daily Meditation, and favorite color is pink but a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 



Ms. Tamika V. Raphael, MS
(Business Administration)
Psychology Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Students with Last Names: Ji-Z

Office Location:

Department of Psychology
501 Drive Tallahassee
GORE Education Complex 203B
Tallahassee, Florida 32307


EDUCATION:

Tamika Raphael is a first-generation college graduate within her family. Ms. Raphael completed her educational journey in Palm Beach County where she attended Palm Beach State Community College earning her (AA) in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management concentrated in Entrepreneurship. Currently, she is completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership concentrated in K-12 Administration at Lynn University.


EXPERIENCE:

Ms. Raphael has explored various sectors of the educational realm. Previously, her experience has been in teaching students in the K-12th grade level with Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD). In addition, her career objective has not only been teaching students in the k-12th sector, but those who have travel abroad here to the U.S. to pursue their educational dreams. Her objective was to teach those students entering Adult Educational Specialization programs, so they could further their journey to higher educational learning venues. Ms. Raphael believes that the journey of education starts in the mindset of many of our diversified students and excels in their academic performance.


ROLES:

Ms. Raphael is a Academic Advisor with F.A.M.U school of Psychology. Her responsibilities are to assist the department with advising students regarding their academic curriculum/ performance and the strategic planning of the Psychology department regarding student success.


INTERESTING FACTS:

Ms. Raphael is a business owner here in Tallahassee. She consults in the area of business and educational resources that bridge the gaps of businesses and student success in our educational realm; favorite travel destinations; Africa, Paris, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras, Belize, Mexico and New Orleans; favorite books; 5 Love Languages (by: Gary Chapman), How It Feels to Be Color (by: Zora Neale Hurston), Queenology (R.C. Blakes, JR).

 

Contact Info

501 Orr Dr.
203 B Gore Education Complex (GEC)
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850)599-3014/3468
F: (850)412-7667

E: famupsychology@famu.edu