Carla Desi-Ann Hunter, Associate Professor

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Dr. Hunter's line of research is consistent with a focus in ethnic minority psychology and explores identity and well-being in persons of African descent who reside in the U.S. Two key assumptions which inform her research are (1) the U.S. racial history has created a unique racial context with specific racial hierarchies and (2) racial minority status in the U.S. may hold psychological implications for persons of African descent with respect to observed ethnic group health disparities. Her research explores individual factors (resiliency and counter productive) such as racial and ethnic identity and cultural worldviews and its association with outcomes such as perceptions of racial discrimination and race-related stressors in African Americans and British Caribbean Americans. The inclusion of British Caribbean Americans (and Black immigrants in general) is unique and important because Black immigrants' migration into the U.S. racial context provides a unique opportunity to investigate identity and acculturation in a racial group that migrates to the U.S. without the psychological and social label "racial minority". It is her hope that this line of research will be utilized to inform culturally competent and culturally relevant service delivery thereby decreasing treatment and mental health disparities for persons of African descent who reside in the U.S.

Research Interests

  • 2009 Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) APA-Division 17 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity
  • 2009 Arnold O. Beckman Distinguished Research Board Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Columbia University

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Research Output

Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling: A Framework to Address Racial Trauma in Africana Communities

Chioneso, N. A., Hunter, C. D., Gobin, R. L., McNeil Smith, S., Mendenhall, R. & Neville, H. A., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Black Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Black college students’ sense of belonging and racial identity

    Hunter, C. D-A., Case, A. D. & Harvey, I. S., Jan 1 2019, In : International Journal of Inclusive Education. 23, 9, p. 950-966 17 p.

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  • Dehumanization of African-Americans Influences Racial Shooter Biases

    Mekawi, Y., Bresin, K. & Hunter, C. D., Dec 1 2019, In : Race and Social Problems. 11, 4, p. 299-307 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • From maternal tending to adolescent befriending: The adolescent transition of social support

    Rodrigues, M. A., Sanford, S. R., Rogers, M. P., Lee, K. M. N., Wilson, M. A., Amos, J., Hunter, C. D. & Clancy, K. B. H., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : American journal of primatology. e23050.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Emotional benefits and barriers of psychological services scale: Initial construction and validation among African American women

    Watson-Singleton, N. N., Okunoren, O., LoParo, D. & Hunter, C. D., Nov 2017, In : Journal of Counseling Psychology. 64, 6, p. 684-695 12 p.

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