Editorial Board Members
Kamilah M. Woodson
Kamilah M. Woodson, Ph.D. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Associate Managing Director of the Association of Black Psychologists, Dr. Woodson has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups. Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, sexual victimization, sexual orientation concerns, interpersonal relationships, trauma, and depression. She is a graduate of the California Scho ..Read more.
Rhonda Erica Baylor-Celey
Rhonda Erica Baylor-Celey is an education research analyst with an expertise in the relationship between affective disposition and academic performance. She has published in both The Journal of Negro Education and New Directions for Higher Education. She is the recipient of the 2015 Howard University Frederick Douglass Fellowship. Mrs. Baylor-Celey is an international scholar who has completed outreach projects in Haiti. She has a bachelor’s de ..Read more.
BEVERLY GUY-SHEFTALL, PH.D. is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She was for many years an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she taught graduate courses in their doctoral program. At the age of sixteen, Guy-Sheftall entered Spelman College where she majored in English ..Read more.
Dr. Anita Hawkins has more than thirty years of experience in the field of health and human services, working with public agencies, health care organizations, institutes of higher education and community-based organizations. Her field work and related research on HIV, substance abuse and mental health issues have led her to explore the nexus of sexuality and sexual relationships on the health and well-being of the African American community. She ..Read more.
Aretha Faye Marbley
Dr. Aretha Faye Marbley is Professor and Director of Community Counseling in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University. She is a critical global multicultural-social justice womanist activist, scholar, storyteller, and clinical counselor educator whose multicultural-social justice and human rights work has spanned over three decades. As a helper, healer, advocate, and storyteller for women, people of color, and marginalized communities, she cr ..Read more.
Bridgette Peteet, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. Her academic research interests include the impact of racial identity and psychological well-being on ethnic minority achievement. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a small private practice emphasizing mood disorders, cultural issues, and couples therapy. She also teaches courses on cultural competency in clinical practice and research. In her ..Read more.
Crystal Rae Coel
Dr. Crystal Rae Coel (pronounced like Noel but with a "C") is the Director of Speech and Debate in the Organizational Communication Department within the College of Business at Murray State University. She has been at Murray State for over 17 years. She enjoys serving as the Head of Elizabeth College, which is one of the eight residential colleges made up of students, staff and faculty members. She is the first African American head of a resident ..Read more.
Dr. Dionne Stephens is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University (FIU); she also holds affiliated faculty status in the Women’s Studies program and Latin America & Caribbean Studies Center. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she became a faculty member at FIU, after earning her doctorate in Human Development from The University of Georgia. Dr. Stephens' research examines socio-historical factor ..Read more.
Dr. Doreen Loury is currently Director of the Gateway/ACT 101 Program at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania which is a state EEO (Equal Education Opportunity) program designed to provide access and support to socially and academically disadvantaged students attending college. Dr. Loury is also a professor is the Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice at Aracadia where she developed the university’s African American stud ..Read more.
Felicia D. Fisher, M.S. is a graduate student at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree at the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fisk University in Nashville, TN. Her clinical experience is invaluable as she has served as an individual, couples, and family psychotherapist for many years. She is passionate about her work and the advancement of s ..Read more.
Dr. Fred Bonner II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and an esteemed expert in the field of diversity in education. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Stati ..Read more.
George James is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who specializes in helping couples improve the quality of their relationship, reconcile conflicts & overcome intense situations such as affairs, lack of communication, parenting struggles, loss of a loved one & much more. He also works extensively with adult men & adolescent boys on various issues including defining manhood, career & work/life balance. Mr. James is a re ..Read more.
James C. Wadley
Dr. James Wadley is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Services program at The Lincoln University. As a scholar-practioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). His academic and professional back ..Read more.
Jeanine Staples is a tenured Associate Professor of Literacy and Language and African American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. As a sociocultural literacist, Dr. Staples researches the evolutionary nature and function of literacies and texts through the discourses of narrative research. Her work exposes the impetus for various personal and social ills such as racism and sexism. Dr. Staples earned her bachelor’s degree in English l ..Read more.
Dr. Herukhuti (H. Sharif Williams, PhD., M.Ed.) is a cultural studies scholar, sex researcher-educator, systems theorist, cultural worker and interdisciplinary social scientist whose work operates at the intersection of race, culture, sexuality and spirituality. He is the founder and chief erotics officer (CEO) of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality as well as editor-in-ch ..Read more.
Joseph Youngblood, II, Ph.D., J.D., is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies at Thomas Edison State College (NJ). Dr. Youngblood has spent the past twenty years working in education, law and public policy. Dr. Youngblood earned a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Crawford Fellow and received ..Read more.
Juan Battle is a Professor of Sociology, Public Health, & Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.). He is also the Coordinator of the Africana Studies Certificate Program. With over 70 grants and publications – including books, book chapters, academic articles, and encyclopedia entries – his research focuses on race, sexuality, and social justice. In addition to having delivered lectures a ..Read more.
Karen Flynn is an Associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from York University, Toronto, Ontario, in 2003. Her research interests include migration and travel, Black Canada, health, popular culture, feminist, Diasporic and post-colonial studies. Dr. Flynn’s recent book: M ..Read more.
Dr. Kenneth Monteiro is the Dean of the College of the College of Ethnic Studies, the only College of Ethnic Studies in the nation; former University Dean of Human Relations; and, Professor and former chair of the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University. Before teaching at San Francisco State, he was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Rutgers University at New Brunswick. Dr. Monteiro received his P ..Read more.
Larry D. Icard
Dr. Larry Icard is Professor in the College of Health Profession and Social Work at Temple University where he also serves as director of the Center for Intervention and Practice Research. His research and publications focus on developing and testing interventions to reduce health problems experienced by at-risk population including pre-release incarcerated men, African American men on the down low, African American gay and heterosexual men, Sout ..Read more.
Leah P. Hollis Ed.D is assistant professor in the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University. Her recent book, Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education is based on independent research on 175 colleges and universities. Findings reveal that workplace bullying occurs at an even higher rate in higher education. Her research has helped over 70 schools address incivil ..Read more.
Dr. Leon Rouson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Rouson completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., and his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Rouson has published several research articles in refereed journals and has written many book chapters. H ..Read more.
Marlene F. Watson
Marlene F. Watson, Ph.D., LMFT is the former Chair and current Associate Professor of the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a licensed couple and family therapist in private practice and the author of the e-book, Facing the Black Shadow. Dr. Watson is a member of Family Process Institute’s Board of Directors and serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Mari ..Read more.
Shanna Broussard is currently serving in the capacity as the Interim Department Chair in the Department of Counselor Education. Dr. Broussard received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since 2002. Dr. Broussard’s research interests include cultural diversity, equitable services for individuals with disabilities, and educational equity. She has presented ..Read more.
Sheila V. Baldwin has been a professor of English and African-American Studies at Columbia College Chicago since 1986. Among the courses she teaches are African-American Cultural Experience Through Literature, African-American Women Writers, English Composition, and Introduction to Literature. She is the director of the Columbia College Scholars Program, a high school enrichment program for inner city and underrepresented students. She has conduc ..Read more.
Twinet Parmer, Ph.D., LPC, LLMFT, CST is Professor of Counselor Education at Central Michigan University. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Iowa in Counselor Education, specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling and Family Studies. Dr. Parmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist. ..Read more.
Dr. Valerie Newsome Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Health program at Morehouse School of Medicine. In this capacity, she merges her background in Psychology (Florida A&M University; B.S., M.S.) and Biobehavioral Health (Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D.) to elucidate the social and cultural drivers of health behavior. Dr. Newsome Garcia is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Health and Behavior in the ..Read more.
Winnie Mucherah is a Professor of Developmental Psychology. She received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Her research interests include classroom climate and academic achievement, reading motivation and academic achievement in middle school students, self-concept and academic achievement, self-concept and self-esteem among minorities, significance of native la ..Read more.
ZUPENDA M. DAVIS-SHINE
Dr. Davis-Shine is the Director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Program and an Assistant Professor of Public Health at La Salle University. She holds her doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention. She received her MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health (now Rutgers School of Public Health) and her BSPH degree from ..Read more.