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    Countering the Culture Wars You Didn't Expect: Education Journalism, SEED, and School Moms Called to Service

    April 2024

    On May 2, join WCW to celebrate the release of "School Moms: Parent Activism, Partisan Politics, and the Battle for Public Education," by Writer-in-Residence Laura Pappano.

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    Induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame

    March 2024

    Senior Research Scientist Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame alongside Serena Williams, Ruby Bridges, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and six others.

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    Evaluating Planned Parenthood's Sex Ed Program for High Schoolers

    December 2023

    Senior Research Scientist Jennifer M. Grossman, Ph.D., received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate the effectiveness of "Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works," a program for high school students.


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    WCW Research Scientist Will Implement PTSD Treatment in University Counseling Centers

    December 2023

    Katherine R. Buchholz, Ph.D., has been approved for a $2.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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    Health advisory on social media use in adolescence

    May 2023

    Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., co-authored a health advisory on social media use in adolescence released by the American Psychological Association.

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Wellesley Centers for Women 

is a research and action institute at Wellesley College that is focused on women and gender and driven by social change.
Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs.


(formerly known as Layli Phillips)

                                              Photo: Soe Lin Post/Wellesley College 



Ph.D. in Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, May 1994. Dissertation Title: "Adolescent Ethnic Identity and Adjustment: Relation to Ethnic Characteristics of the Peer Context." Major Advisor: Laurence Steinberg. Supported by: Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship.

M.S. in Psychology, Penn State University, State College, PA, August 1991. Thesis Title: "Ethnic Self-Identification in Biethnic Adolescents: Familial Influences, Psychosocial Adjustment, and Distress Symptomatology." Major Advisor: Lynn S. Liben. Supported by: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

B.A. in Philosophy (cum laude), Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, May 1986. Supported by: National Merit Scholarship and Spelman College Honors Scholarship.



Associate Professor, Women’s Studies Institute, Georgia State University, 5/03-6/12.
Visiting Associate Professor, Comparative Women’s Studies Department, Spelman College, 1/09-5/09.
Graduate Director, Women’s Studies Institute, Georgia State University, 1/05-7/09.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute for Women’s Studies, Emory University, 9/01-12/01.
Associated Faculty, African American Studies Department, Georgia State University, 3/01-6/12.
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies Institute, Georgia State University, 8/00-5/03.
Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Psychology Department, University of Georgia, 9/00-6/04.
Affiliated Faculty, Women's Studies Program, The University of Georgia, 9/95-5/00.
Founding Co-Director, Womanist Studies Consortium, 6/95-6/00.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for African-American Studies, The University of Georgia, 9/93-5/00.



Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, January 7, 2012, for work in inspiring students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.”

Fulbright Specialist Program Award, July-August 2010, July-August 2010.

National Council for Black Studies’ Anna Julia Cooper and CLR James Award for Outstanding Promotion of Scholarly Publications in Africana Studies, 2009.

Member, Ms. Mazagine Committee of Scholars, September 2006-present.



Fulbright Specialists Program ($10,958), 2010

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Fellowship ($10,000), 2009

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) grant ($2000), 1998-2000

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) grant ($937,101), 1997-2000

Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships Program grant ($250,000), 1995-2000



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