Nyasha Grayman-Simpson

Associate ProfessorPsychology; Africana Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Nyasha Grayman-Simpson is Associate Professor of Psychology at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at New York University. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2009, she taught at Hunter College, New York University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Delaware, where she was also a Psychologist in the Center for Counseling and Student Development. At Goucher College, she teaches content, methods, and applied psychology courses concerned with issues of power, collective/cultural identity, and subjective well-being. Dr. Gayman-Simpson pursues two related lines of research: (1) collective/cultural identity and subjective well-being; and, (2) critical education and transformative learning. 

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Grayman-Simpson, N., Doucet, F., & Burgos-Lopez, L. Critical whiteness education and cognitive frame of reference transformation: An in-depth case. (Under Review).

Grayman-Simpson, N., & Mattis, J. S. Communalism scale cultural validity study. (In Preparation).


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).

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., 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 about structural inequalities in everyday life: New Politics of race in groups, organizations, and social systems, (pp. 25 – 40). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (Goucher Alumna Co-Author)

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,.http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/14799-005

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

External Awards, Honors, Grants

“Transition to America Immigrant Youth Psychoeducational Program,”New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. ($25,000, Awarded).

“Boys II Men Psychoeducational Program For At Risk Youth,”YMCA of Greater New York. ($8,000 Awarded).

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Invited Talks

Trauma, Cultural Coping, and Post-Traumatic Growth Workshop Facilitator, Human Wealth Expo, Silver Spring, MD

Bowie State University African Psychology Student Association Conference, Bowie, MD

Academic or Professional Associations

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Association of Black Psychologists

Society for the Psychology of Women

Society of Counseling Psychology

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

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