I am a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (email@example.com). I am a past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45). Historically, my research has primarily focused in two interrelated ares in the study of racial ideologies: (a) color-blind racial ideology or the systematic set of beliefs that serve to deny or minimize institutional racism and (b) racial identity beliefs, particularly the influence of positive, internalized racial attitudes on well-being of people of color. Using multiple research designs (e.g. survey, longitudinal, qualitative, vignette, experimental) and methods (e.g., self-report, interview, census data, archival/documents), I investigate the ways in which people interpret racisl information and the consequences of this interpretation particularly around challenging and/or maintaining the status quo. For example, I explore questions such as: What individual and contextual factors are associated with expressions of color-blind racial beliefs? What factors are related to decreases in color-blind racial beliefs over time? And, in what ways do Black individuals develop a sense of racial pride within color-blind racial contexts?
More recently, I have re-focused my research on racial healing and liberation among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the United States and globally. As part of my APA Division 45 presidential initiative, I worked with others to explore ways to promote (racial) healing through social justice. Another area of research interest now centers on radical healing and liberation. In this work, I investigate questions of the meaning of radical healing, radical hope, and liberation in people's lives; the association between radical healing and hope on BIPOC's individual and collective well-being; interventions to promote radical healing and hope; and pathways to (psychological) liberation.
I joined the lab after seeing a symposium during my freshman year. And that my research interests are studying race relations today and the effect of systems of authority on individuals. I hope to be a psychiatrist in the future.