"…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-López, L. Critical whiteness education and cognitive frame of reference transformation: An in-depth case. (Under Review).
Grayman-Simpson, N., & Mattis, J. S. (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.
Grayman-Simpson, N. (2017). Goucher College Cultural Psychology: Black Psychology Syllabus. Society for the Teaching of Psychology Project Syllabus. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Grayman-Simpson, N., & Finley, M. (2017). Goucher College Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology Syllabus. Society for the Teaching of Psychology Project Syllabus. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
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, 9(1), 42 – 53. 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.
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
Doucet, F., Grayman-Simpson, N., & Wertheim, S. S. (2013). Steps along the journey: Documenting undergraduate White women’s transformative processes 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, DC: American Psychological Association Publications
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. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 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.
Mattis, J.S., Grayman, N., Cowie, S., Winston, C., Watson, C., & Jackson, D. (2008). Intersectional identities and the politics of altruistic care in a low-income, urban community. Sex Roles, 59(5-6), 418 – 428.
Mattis, J.S., Mitchell, N., Zapata, A., Grayman, N., Taylor, R., Chatters, L., & Neighbors, H. (2007). Uses of ministerial support by African Americans: A focus group study. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(2), 249 - 258.
Grayman, N. (2005). Sapphire: Exploring the power of a popular stereotype. Psych Discourse, 39, 10 - 13.
Grayman, N. (2004). Social and cultural factors promoting obesity-related disordered eating among African American women: Considerations for Black psychologists. Psych Discourse, 38, 4 - 8.
Mattis, J.S., Eubanks, S., Zapata, A., Grayman, N., Belkin, M., Cooper, S., &Mitchell, N. (2004). Factors influencing religious non-attendance among African American men: A multimethod analysis. Review of Religious Research, 45(3), 386 – 403.
Mattis, J.S., Fontenot, D., Hatcher-Kay, C., Grayman, N., & Beale, R. (2004). Religiosity, optimism and pessimism among African Americans. Journal of Black Psychology, 30(2), 187 - 207.
External Awards, Honors, Grants
Teaching Resources Award (2017) Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Black Psychology Course)
“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.