Publications

Dr. Witherspoon is a tenured professor, published author and grant writer whose previous research was funded through a National Institute of Mental Health grant to study the role of oppression in the psychological functioning of African Americans. The primary aims of this research was to identify risk and protective factors that influence mental health outcomes, and to explore the influences of multiple identities and oppressions on behaviors and beliefs.

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Thomas, A.J., Blackmon, S., Speight, S., Hewitt, A., Witherspoon, K. Selders, M. (2013). Factor analysis of the parent experience of racial socialization scale. Journal of Black Psychology.

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Thomas, A.J., Speight, S.L., & Witherspoon, K.M. (2010). Racial socialization, racial identity, and race-related stress of African American parents. The Family Journal.

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Thomas, A.J., Speight, S.L., & Witherspoon, K.M. (2008). Gendered racism, psychological symptoms, and coping of African American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

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Witherspoon, K.M., Hall, E.M., & Bibbs, T. (2006). Feeling like a fake: An exploration of career self- efficacy, school performance, and the impostor phenomenon in talented African American high school students. Illinois Schools Journal, 85, 128-147.

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Thomas, A.J., Speight, S.L., & Witherspoon, K.M. (2004). Exploring internalized oppression of African American women. In J.L. Chin (Ed.) The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: Vol. 3. Gender and Sexual Orientation (pp.113-132). New York: Praeger Press.

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Thomas, A., Witherspoon, K.M. & Speight, S. L. (2004). Toward the development of the stereotypic roles for Black women scale. Journal of Black Psychology,30, 426-442.

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Witherspoon, K.M., Speight, S.L., and Thomas, A. (1997). Racial identity attitudes, school achievement, and academic self-efficacy among African American high school students. Journal of Black Psychology, 23, 344-357.