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.
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.
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
Harris, S.M. (2008). Lifting the Veil: African American Images and the European American Gaze, Commentary on Collinsí 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.