Nyasha Grayman-Simpson

Associate Professor of Psychology

Julia Rogers G17


B.A., Spelman College
M.A. and Ph.D., New York University, Counseling Psychology 

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Counseling Psychology; Critical Psychologies (Black Psychology, Psychology of Racism, Feminist Psychology, Liberation Psychology); Service-Learning; Qualitative Research Methods

Sample Syllabi

Fall Semester

Cultural Psychology: Black Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Spring Semester

Feminist Psychology: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity

Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology

Cultural Psychology Seminar: Psychology of White Racism

Sample Publications

Africana Women's Ways of Coping with Traumatic Life Events: A Meta-Ethnography

'We Who Are Dark...:' The Black Community According to Black Adults in America

Black Community Involvement And Subjective Well Being


Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

**Grayman-Simpson, N., & Mattis, S. J. (2017). Communalism Scale 2015 cultural validity study. Journal of Pan African Studies, 10(3), 127-135.

Grayman-Simpson, N.  (2017). Cultural Identity. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Grayman-Simpson, N.
(2017). Culturally Competent Treatment. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Mattis, J. S., Hammond, W. P., Grayman-Simpson, N., Murray, Y., Lewis, Y. C., & Goodwill, J. (2017). What would I know about Mercy? Faith and optimistic expectancies among African Americans. Race and Social Problems. DOI 10.1007/s12552-016-9190-9 

Grayman-Simpson, N. (2016). Goucher College Cultural Psychology: Black Psychology Syllabus. Society for the Teaching of Psychology Project Syllabus.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association 

**Grayman-Simpson, N.
, Mattis, J. S., & Tomi, N. (2016). Africana women's ways of coping with traumatic life events: A meta-ethnography.  In E.L. Short, & L. Wilton (Eds.), Talking bout structural inequalities in everyday life: New Politics of race in groups, organizations, and social systems, (pp.25 - 40).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Mattis, J. S., Grayman-Simpson, N., Powell-Hammond, W., Anderson, R. E., & Mattis, J. (2016). Positive Psychology in African Americans.  In. E. Chang, C.A. Downey, J.K. Hirsch, & N. Lin (Eds.), Positive psychology in racial and ethnic minority groups: Theory, research, and practice.  Cultural, racial, and ethnic psychology book series, (pp.83 - 107). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Doucet, F., Grayman-Simpson, N., & Wertheim, S. S.  (2013). Steps along the journey: Documenting undergraduate White women's transformative process in a diversity course.  Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 6(4), 276 - 291.  DOI 10.1037/a0034334

Grayman-Simpson, N., & Mattis, J.S.  (2013). 'If it wasn't for the church...:' Organizational religiosity and informal community helping among African American adults.  Journal of African American Studies, 17(3), 243-252.  DOI 10.1007/s12111-012-9213-6

Grayman-Simpson, N., & Mattis, J.S.  (2013). Doing good and feeling good among African Americans: Subjective religiosity, helping, and satisfaction.  Journal of Black Psychology, 39(4), 353 - 369. DOI 10.1177/0095798412461809

Mattis, J.S., & Grayman-Simpson, N. (2013). Faith and the sacred in African American life.  In K. Pargament (Ed.), Handbook of religion, spirituality, and psychology  (pp. 547 - 564).  Washington: American Psychological Association.     

Grayman-Simpson, N.  (2012). Black community involvement and subjective well-being.  Journal of Pan African Studies, 5(3), 26 - 42.   

(** = Goucher Student/Alum Collaboration; * = Equal Contribution by Authors)

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Goucher College Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, 2014

Goucher College Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, 2012

University of Delaware Francis Alison Young Scholars Award Nominee, 2007


Nyasha Grayman-Simpson Goucher College Curriculum Vitae

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