Lab Director and Principal Investigator

Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Africana Studies Program
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Dr. Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell has over ten years of experience (a) working to reduce mistreatment of marginalized groups pursuing academic careers, (b) examining how individuals’ identities related to race/ethnicity, gender, and social class affect how individuals respond in different situations, and (c) empowering people to be more successful at navigating their multiple and intersecting identities. Dr. Carter-Sowell was honored with the Texas A&M University’s 2016 Diversity Service Award and the 2016 Women’s Progress Award for Accountability, Climate and Equity (ACE) efforts supporting the campus community.

Dr. Carter-Sowell’s scholarly work contributes directly to theory, research, and practice in the field of Africana Studies and many subfields of psychology (social, clinical, industrial/ organizational, cognitive, and diversity science). In 2010, she began a faculty position at Texas A&M University (TAMU) with two tenure homes (50% Department of Psychology/50% Africana Studies Program). Dr. Carter-Sowell is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Carolyn Payton Early Career Publication Award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association, Division 35, Section I. The award recognizes a theoretically based, peer-reviewed publication that demonstrates creativity and distinguishes itself as making a major contribution to deepening the understanding of the psychology of Black Women.

As a recognized expert on the costs of being “socially invisible,” Dr. Carter-Sowell teaches both core and cross-listed courses that meet a commitment to grow student enrollment in the Africana Studies Program as well as diversify the offerings of the Psychology Department’s curriculum. Also, she is involved in two multidisciplinary, collaborative, research projects supported by external funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In sum, Dr. Carter-Sowell directs a successful interdisciplinary research program dedicated to broadening participation of underrepresented group members in pursuit of science to benefit a diverse society.