African, African American, Diaspora Studies Program 26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766 Phone: 508-286-3692 Fax: 508-286-3640
Education Ph.D., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2002 Concentration: Developmental Psychology
Dissertation: Parental racial and ethnic socialization and
the racial and ethnic self-concepts of African American children
M.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1996 Concentration: Child Clinical Psychology
Thesis: The relationship between racial attitudes and racial socialization beliefs among three generations of Black females
B.A, Psychology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1994 Honors Thesis: Being black and a woman: exploring the racial identity of African American women
Professional Experience Associate Professor, 2010-present
Assistant Professor, 2004 - 2010 Wheaton College
Research Associate, 2003-2004 Wellesley College
The Wellesley Centers for Research on Women
Instructor, 2000-2004 Simmons College
Visiting Instructor, 2001-2002 Wellesley College
Pennsylvania State University
Fhagen-Smith, P. (2010). Social class, racial/ethnic identity, and the
psychology of “choice”. In K.O. Korgen (Ed.), Multiracial Americans and social class:
The influence of social class on racial identity. New York: Routledge.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E., Vandiver, B, J., Worrell, F. C., & Cross, W. E. (2010).
(Re) examining racial identity differences across gender, community of origin, and socioeconomic status among African American college students. Identity: International Journal of Research and Theory, 10, 164-180
Worrell, F. C., Vandiver, B. J., Schaefer, B. A. Cross, W. E., & Fhagen-Smith, P. E.
(2006). Cluster analyses of Cross Racial Identity Scale (CRIS) Scores in three independent samples. The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 519-547.
Porche, M., Fhagen-Smith, P.E., Kim, J. H., Vazquez-Garcia, H., Tracy, A. J., &
Erkut, S. (2004). Complexities in researching mixed ancestry adolescents: A preliminary study. Wellesley Centers for Women Working Paper. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.
Worrell, F. C., Vandiver, B. J., Cross, W. E., & Fhagen-Smith, P.E. (2004). Reliability and structural validity of the cross racial identity scale scores on a sample of African American adults. Journal of Black Psychology, 30, 489-505.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2003). Mixed Ancestry Racial/Ethnic Identity Development
(MAREID) Model. Wellesley Centers for Women Working Paper No. 413. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2003). Mixed race youth between 8 and 11 years old.
In M. P. P. Root & M. Kelley (Eds.). The multiracial child resource book.
Seattle, WA: MAVIN Foundation.
Vandiver, B. J., Cross, W. E., Jr., Worrell, F. C., & Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2002).
Validating the Cross Racial Identity Scale. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 49, 71-85.
Vandiver, B. J., Fhagen-Smith, P. E., Cokley, K. O., Cross, W. E., & Worrell, F. C. (2001). Cross’ nigrescence model: From theory to scale to theory.
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 29, 174-200
Cross, W. E., & Fhagen-Smith, P. (2001). A life-span developmental model of racial
identity. In C. J. Wijeyesinghe & B. W. Jackson (Eds.). Reflections on racial identity development: Essays on theory, practice and discourse. NY: New York University Press.
Cross, W. E., Jr., Clark, L., & Fhagen-Smith, P. (1999). Black identity development
across the life span: Educational implications. In R. H. Sheets & E. R. Hollins (Eds.).
Aspects of human development: Racial and ethnic identity in school practices. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Cross, W. E. Jr., & Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (1996). Nigrescence and ego identity
development: Accounting for differential black identity patterns. In P. B. Pederson, J. G.
Draguns, W. J. Lonner and J. E. Trimble (Eds.) Counseling Across Cultures (4th ed.).
Newbury, CA: Sage.
Fhagen-Smith, P. (2008, July). The mixed ancestry racial/ethnic identity development (MAREID) model. Mixed Ancestry Colloquium, Centers for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.
Fhagen-Smith, P. (2008, February). The relationship between dimensions of self-concept during the early adolescent years: An exploratory study. Paper presented at the 16
annual National Association of African American Studies conference: Placing democracy and human rights at the heart of minority issues. Baton Rouge, LO.
Maizner, R. & Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2006, October). The female Muslim immigrant
experience in the United States: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the 6
annual Diversity challenge: Do immigrants catch or carry race and culture? Boston College, Newton, MA.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. & Bates, K. (2005, October). Diversity training: Interventions and research opportunities. Workshop presented at the 5
annual Diversity challenge:
Making race and culture work in the world of work. Boston College, Newton, MA.
Erkut, S., & Fhagen-Smith, P.E., & Porche, M. (2004, July/August). Mixed ancestry experience. Symposium presented at the 109
Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E., Erkut, S., & Vasquez-Garcia, H. (2003, October). Theoretical help
still needed: What does it mean to be of mixed ancestry? Structured discussion presented at the 3
annual Diversity challenge: 30+ years of racial identity theory: What do we know and how does it help us? Boston College, Newton, MA.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2003, October). Cross Racial Identity Scale (CRIS) Scores and
Demographics: Does Participants’ Sex, Age, SES, Racial Designation and Childhood Community Make A Difference? Paper presented at the 3
annual Diversity challenge- 30+ years of racial identity theory: What do we know and how does it help us? Newton, MA.
Fhagen-Smith, P.E., Vandiver, B. J., & Cross, W. E., Jr. (2001, February). Black identity and gender differences. Symposium presented at the 18
Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Dealing with Gender and Social Class in Cross-cultural Psychology and Education, New York City, NY.
Wijeyesinghe, C. L., Fhagen-Smith, P.E. & Jones, J. (2001, October). Racial identity in the classroom: Models of black, white and multiracial identity development and their application to teaching, advising, & counseling. Symposium presented at the 1
annual Diversity challenge: How to survive teaching courses on race and culture. Newton, MA.
Program Coordinator, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, Wheaton College, 2006-2007
Invited Presentation, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA, Topic: Psychological and educational needs and adjustment of biracial children, 2004
Ad-hoc Reviewer: 2003-2008
Child Development, Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of Family Studies, Journal of Intercultural Disciplines
Board Member, Wide Horizons Adoption Agency, Waltham, MA, 2004-2005 Invited Workshop, Graduate Study in Psychology, Simmons College, 1999 & 2002 Guest Lecturer for College Courses:
Global Education for Intercultural Competence, Wheaton College, Topic:
Multiculturalism and Identity Development, 2007
Social and Psychological Development of African Americans, Simmons College, Topic: Racial and Ethnic Self-development among African American children, 2000
Professional Membership American Psychological Association
Division 45: Society for the Study of Ethnic Minority Issues Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Society for the Research of Child Development
Society for Research on Adolescence
Grants and Fellowships
Mellon Grant, Project: Australian Aboriginal Identity Project (Wheaton College, 2006), $2000 The Liberal Arts Research/Graduate Studies Office Dissertation Grant (Pennsylvania State
University Grant, 2000) $2,000
New England Board of Higher Education, Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship (Simmons College, 1999-2000) $21,000
The Liberal Arts Research and Graduate Studies Office Travel Grant (Pennsylvania State University, 1997) $300
Awards and Honors
SPSSI Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, Spring 2011, $500 Faculty of the Year, Wheaton College Intercultural Board, Spring 2009.
Clinical Psychology Student Paper Award-Diversity Area, Title: Working with ethnic minority children and their families: Cultural competency and culturally relevant psychotherapy (American Psychological Association, Division 29, Clinical Psychology, 1999) $1000
School Committee Parent Representative, Mansfield Public Schools, Jordan/Jackson Elementary School, 2008-2010