Nyasha Grayman-Simpson

Henry S. Dulaney Professor and Associate ProfessorPsychology; Africana Studies

Dr. Nyasha Grayman-Simpson is the Henry S Dulaney Professor and Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies. She is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Maryland, with certifications in grief counseling, trauma, and telemental health. Grayman-Simpson completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at New York University, and worked as a full-time elementary school teacher, youth and family program director with the YMCA, and research scientist before joining the professoriate full-time. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2009, she taught Human Development, Psychology, and Counseling to undergraduate and graduate students at Hunter College, New York University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Delaware, where she held a joint appointment as a Psychologist in the Center for Counseling and Student Development. Dr. Grayman-Simpson has co-directed multiple intensive study abroad programs in the Caribbean; and at Goucher, she teaches content, methods, and applied psychology courses concerned with issues of power, collective/cultural identity, and subjective well-being. She 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. (Ed.). The committed: Developmental life stories of white anti-racist activists.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

**Grayman-Simpson, N., Doucet, F., & Burgos-Lopez, L. (2019). Critical whiteness education and cognitive frame of reference elaboration: An in-depth descriptive case. Journal of  Transformative Education, 17(3), 269 – 286. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541344618821053

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

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

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

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

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, 3910 - 13.

Grayman, N. (2004). Obesity related disordered eating among Black 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.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

**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


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


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


*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.


Peer-Reviewed Encyclopedia Entries

Grayman-Simpson, N. (2017). Cultural identity. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology. https://www.amazon.com/SAGE-Encyclopedia-Abnormal-Clinical-Psychology-ebook/dp/B06Y2FWJDJ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+sage+encyclopedia+of+abnormal+and+clinical+psychology&qid=1575391861&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Grayman-Simpson, N. (2017). Culturally competent treatment. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology. https://www.amazon.com/SAGE-Encyclopedia-Abnormal-Clinical-Psychology-ebook/dp/B06Y2FWJDJ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+sage+encyclopedia+of+abnormal+and+clinical+psychology&qid=1575391861&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Peer-Reviewed Teaching Manuals

**Grayman-Simpson, N., & Finley, M. (2017). Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology SyllabusSociety for the Teaching of Psychology Project Syllabus. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Grayman-Simpson, N. (2017). Cultural Psychology: Black Psychology Syllabus.  Society for the Teaching of Psychology Project Syllabus. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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

Invited Talks

Take Back the Night Panel Discussion, TurnAround Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (2019)                                                

“Faith, Hope and Healing” Panel Discussion, San Francisco Human Rights Commission and American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New York, NY (2018)

Black Communalism and Mental Health in the Black Lives Matter Era Research Talk Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2017)

Academic or Professional Associations

  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • American Psychological Association Division 5: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • American Psychological Association Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology
  • American Psychological Association Division 29: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
  • American Psychological Association Division 56: Trauma Psychology
  • Maryland Association for Mental Health Counseling
  • Maryland Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

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.

William T. Grant Foundation Reviewer   

Palgrave Macmillian African Psychology and Counseling Textbook Reviewer                         

SAGE Phenomenological Dissertation Textbook Reviewer               

Oxford University Press Psychology of Racism Textbook Reviewer

Journal Reviewer for: Religions, Review of Religious Research, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Black Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Family Issues   

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