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Shanette Harris

Shanette Harris

Associate Professor

Clinical Psychology

Office: Chafee 131 or 420
Phone: 401-874-4591
Personal website:

Educational Background

Ph.D. 1989, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
M.A. 1984, Western Carolina University
B.S. 1982, Howard University

Dr. Harris is not currently working with graduate students.

Research Interests

Focus on the psychology of diversity and multiculturalism including race/ethnicity,gender, social class, and sexual orientation. Current research relates to eating disorders and disturbances, violence as a health issue, and cultural variation in health behavior. Most recent projects examine sociocultural-ecological correlates of eating behavior among African-American females and cultural moderators of the race/ethnicity-personality hardiness relationship.

Professional Interests

Primary activities and interests relate to multiculturalism. Consultation, training and supervision provided to agency and institutional members that serve minority adolescents and their families. Multicultural and cognitive-behavioral orientations to therapy with families/couples, individuals and groups. Secondary interests involve minority college students' needs, progress, retention, and graduation.

Honors and Awards

Selected Publications

Harris, S.M. (2008). Lifting the Veil: African American Images and the European American Gaze, Commentary on Collins’ Black Sexual Politics. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 9(1), 32-51.

Harris, S. M. (2006). Body image attitudes, physical attributes and eating among African American college women. Journal of Race, Gender and Class, 13(1-2), 46-58.

Harris, S. M. (2006). Constructing a psychological perspective: The observer and the observed in the Souls of Black Folk. Reprint. In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Eds. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. 169, 178-194. Detroit: Thompson, Gale.

Curriculum Vitae