"…and when we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid. So it is better to speak, remembering we were never meant to survive.” - Audre Lorde
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.
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
Grayman-Simpson, N. 88.9FM WEAA Marc Steiner Show Philosophers’ Roundtable, “Do things happen for a reason?”
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
Grayman-Simpson, N. (2017). In defense of the echo chamber.
Grayman-Simpson, N. (2016). Statement to my students regarding the election of Donald Trump as POTUS.