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, Pedagogy for the Privileged, Liberation Psychology, Transformative Learning); Qualitative Research Methods

Sample Syllabi

Fall Semester

Cultural Psychology: Black Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Spring Semester

Psychology of Women: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity

Qualitative Research Methods

Cultural Psychology Seminar: Psychology of 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.  Cultural Identity. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (In Press).

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

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.

**Grayman-Simpson, N., Mattis, J. S., & Sejour, K.  (2014). Still good: 2014 cultural validity study of the Boykin et al. Communalism Scale.  Association of Black Psychologists Annual Convention.  Indianapolis, IN. (Poster Presentation)

Grayman-Simpson, N. & Doucet, F.  (2014). Steps along the journey: Documenting undergraduate White women's transformative processes in a diversity course.  31st Annual Columbia University Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, New York, NY.  (Paper Presentation)

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). Humor in the horrific: The African American comedic tradition as africultural coping.  Psych Discourse, 46(4), 12 - 13.     

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

*Gains-Hanks, N., & Grayman-Simpson, N. (2011). Intercultural tensions within international service-learning: Reflections on Barbados.  In T. Stewart & N. Webster (Eds.), Exploring cultural dynamics and tensions within service-learning (pp. 323-328).  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  

Chatters, L.M., Mattis, J.S., Taylor, R.J., Woodward, A.T., Neighbors, H.W., & Grayman-Simpson, N. (2011). Uses of ministers for a serious personal problem among African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(1), 118-127.  

Grayman, N.  (2009). "we who are dark...:" The Black community according to Black adults in America: An exploratory content analysis.  Journal of Black Psychology, 35(4), 433 - 455.   

*Gaines-Hanks, N., & Grayman, N.  (2009). International service-learning in South Africa and personal change: An exploratory content analysis. NASPA Journal, 46(1), 72 - 93.  

Mattis, J.S., Powell Hammond, W., Grayman, N., Bonacci, M., Brennan, W., Cowie, S.E., Ladyzhenskaya, L., & So, S.  (2009). The social production of altruism: Motivations for caring action in a low-income urban community.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 43(1 - 2), 71 - 84.  

Johnson, A. J., Coleman, M. N, Grayman-Simpson, N., & DeLoach, C.  (2009). No crystal stairs in the ivory tower: Strategizing for the success of Black women psychologists in the academy.  Association of Black Psychologists Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA. (Think Tank).   

(** = 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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