(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.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
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.
SELECTED EXTRAMURAL GRANTS, CONTRACTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
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