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Faculty Profiles

Dr. Shareefah Al'Uqdah smiling

Shareefah Al'Uqdah, Ph.D.

Coordinator for Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

Associate Professor
ASA 302

Ph.D., Howard University, Counseling Psychology (2010)

Research: Urban mental health; community violence, parenting issues, mental health and physical health outcomes/disparities; PTSD, Depression; and counseling Muslim clients.              


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Gizelle Carr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
ASA 304

Ph.D., Howard University, Counseling Psychology (2014) 

Research Interests: Xenophobia against immigrants of color; intersectionality & feminist psychology; qualitative research; mental health and assessment of girls in the juvenile justice system; therapeutic jurisprudence. 


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Mercedes E. Ebanks, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Counseling Services and School Psychology Masters Programs 

Associate Professor
ASA 306

Ph.D., Howard University, Counseling Psychology (2005)

Research: Parent, caregiver and teacher training; child development and early intervention;  evaluation and treatment of children’s behavior disorders; cultural influences of childrearing; identification of behavior disorders in children in Latin America; co-parenting practices; multicultural awareness and school readiness; early detection of social, emotional, and behavior problems. 


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Salman Elbedour, Ph.D.

ASA 323

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Educational and School Psychology (1992)

Research: Psychopathology, maltreatment, abuse and neglect of children; children exposed to political unrest; family conflict; school and community violence; the Israeli-Arab conflict. 


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Constance M. Ellison , Ph.D.

ASA 315

Ph.D., Howard University, Developmental Psychology (1988)

Research: Reflective teacher practice; classroom ecology, student academic enhancement.


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Angela Ferguson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
ASA 318

Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park, Counseling Psychology (1995)

Research: Intersections of identity from a racial, gender, and sexual orientation perspective; multiple forms of oppression and self-concept/psychological well-being; cross-cultural resilience factors in the process of recovery from traumatic injury; women’s leadership styles. 


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Velma LaPoint, Ph.D.

ASA 305

Ph.D., Michigan State University, Counseling

Research: Secondary school reform; student college-career readiness and career development; youth and consumer culture; advertising/marketing to ethnic group youth of color; youth placed at risk and their resiliency. 


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Celeste Malone , Ph.D.

Coordinator of School Psychology Doctoral Program

Associate Professor
ASA 321

Ph.D., Temple University, School Psychology (2012) 

Research: Multicultural competence in the training and practice of professional psychology and the personal and professional characteristics related to the development of multicultural competence in school psychology trainees; the identification of specific learning disabilities;  cognitive assessment in children with chronic health conditions; and social skills training for children and adolescents.


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Kyndra Middleton, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Educational Psychology Doctoral Program 

Associate Professor
ASA 304

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Educational Measurement & Statistics (2007) 

Research: Test validity; disabilities research; and mathematics achievement.


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Ura Jean Oyemade Bailey, Ph.D. 

ASA 308, HCH 400 

Ph.D., Tulane University, Psychology (1969)

Research: Early Childhood teacher effectiveness; international development in Africa; drug abuse research; infant mortality.


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Katherine Picho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
ASA 306

Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Education Psychology

Research: Contextual factors that exacerbate stereotype threat (ST) among women and people of color in STEM; educational equity in STEM fields.


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Hakim M. Rashid, Ph.D.

ASA 319

Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Education Psychology (1976)

Research: School reform; culture-based pedagogy in Early Childhood Education; concept of self and self-esteem in Islam; African-American parenting.


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Gregory K. Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
ASA 307

Ph.D., University of Iowa, School Psychology (2002)

Research: Behavioral pediatrics; feeding disorders. 


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Elizabeth Ricks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
ASA 315

Ph.D., Howard University, Educational Psychology (2012)

Research Interests: Cognitive self-regulation; approaches to learning; mathematics achievement in young children; factors that influence self-efficacy in children; early childhood development in African-American kindergarten boys.


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Veronica Thomas, Ph.D.

ASA 320

Ph.D., Howard University, Social Psychology (1982)

Research: Educational reform; the Psychology of Black Women; contextually responsive evaluations.


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Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Negro Education

ASA 318, HCH 116

Ph.D., Temple University, Counseling Psychology (2002)

Research: Co-occurring disorders; criminal and police psychology; urban issues in counseling; African American men in the criminal justice system; and psychometric assessment.


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Kamilah Woodson, Ph.D. 

ASA 205

Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Clinical Psychology (2002) 

Research: Health-related risk behaviors (substance abuse & risky sexual behaviors), exposure to violence; mental health disparities, and issues related to internalized racism (as a function of hair texture and skin color).