Riana Elyse Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and completed a Clinical and Community Psychology Doctoral Internship at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania supported by the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. Before joining the University of Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.
She uses mixed methods in clinical interventions to study racial discrimination and socialization in Black families to reduce racial stress and trauma and improve psychological well-being and family functioning. She investigates how protective familial mechanisms such as parenting and racial socialization operate in the face of risks linked to poverty, discrimination, and residential environment. Dr. Anderson is particularly interested in how these factors predict familial functioning and subsequent child psychosocial outcomes, especially when enrolled in family-based interventions. She has recently developed a five-session intervention entitled EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) to alleviate racial stress and trauma in parents and adolescents in order to facilitate healthy parent-child relationships, parent and adolescent psychological well-being, and healthy coping strategies.
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Applied Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2017
- Predoctoral Internship, Clinical and Community Psychology, Yale University, 2015
- Ph.D., Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Virginia, 2015
- M.A., Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Virginia, 2011
- B.A., Psychology and Political Science, University of Michigan, 2006
- Anderson, R. E. & Stevenson, H. (accepted; special issue). RECASTing racial stress and trauma: The healing role of racial socialization in Black families. American Psychologist.
- Anderson, R. E. (2018). And still WE rise: Parent–child relationships, resilience, and school readiness in low-income urban Black families. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 60.
- Anderson, R. E., McKenny, M., Mitchell, A., Koku, L., & Stevenson, H. (2018). EMBRacing racial stress and trauma: Preliminary feasibility and coping outcomes of a racial socialization intervention. Journal of Black Psychology, 44, 25-46.
- Anderson, R. E., Jones, S., Anyiwo, N., McKenny, M., & Gaylord‐Harden, N. (2018). What's race got to do with it? Racial socialization's contribution to Black adolescent coping. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
- Anderson, R. E., Jones, S. C., Navarro, C. C., McKenny, M. C., Mehta, T. J., & Stevenson, H. C. (2018). Addressing the mental health needs of Black American youth and families: A case study from the EMBRace intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5).
- Smith-Bynum, M.A., Anderson, R.E., Davis, B. L., Franco, M.G ., & English, D. (2016). Racial coping and dyadic warmth in African American mothers and adolescents: An observational study of family processes. Child Development, 87, 1926-1939.