Faculty Profile

Riana Elyse Anderson, PhD

Riana Elyse Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • 3822 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

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 earned 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.

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 is particularly interested in how these factors predict familial functioning and subsequent child psychosocial well-being and health-related behaviors when enrolled in family-based interventions. Dr. Anderson is the developer and director of the EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) intervention and loves to translate her work for a variety of audiences, particularly those whom she serves in the community, via blogs, video, and literary articles. Finally, Dr. Anderson was born in, raised for, and returned to Detroit and is becoming increasingly addicted to cake pops.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Applied Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2017
  • Predoctoral Internship, Clinical and Community Psychology, Yale University, 2015
  • PhD, 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., Jones, S. C. T., & Stevenson, H. (online). The initial development and validation of the racial socialization competency scale: Quality and quantity. Journal of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Anderson, R., Lee, D., Hope, M., Nisbeth, K., Bess, K., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). Disrupting the behavioral health consequences of racial discrimination: A longitudinal investigation of racial identity profiles and alcohol-related problems. Health Education & Behavior.
  • Anderson, R. E., Metzger, I., Applewhite, K., Sawyer, B., Jackson, W., Flores, S., McKenny, M., & Carter, R. (in press). Hands up, now what?: Black families' reactions to racial socialization interventions. Journal of Youth Development.
  • Jones, S. C. T* & Anderson, R. E.* (in press). "One Minute for Your Mind": The development, implementation, and application of Our Mental Health Minute. Journal of Black Psychology. [* = co-authorship]
  • Jones, S. C. T., Anderson, R., & Metzger, I. (in press). "Standing in the gap": The continued importance of culturally competent intervention in CBT for Black youth. Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Lee, D., Anderson, R., Hope, M., & Zimmerman, M. (online). The inter-developmental influence of racial discrimination on mental health: Connecting emerging adulthood to adulthood. Developmental Psychology.
  • McBride Murry, V. & Anderson, R. E. (initiated; online). Introduction to an Applied Developmental Science spotlight series: Social justice frameworks to guide research, preventive interventions, and policies for diverse populations. Applied Developmental Science.
  • Metzger, I., Anderson, R., Are, F., & Ritchwood, T. (in press). Healing interpersonal and racial trauma: Integrating racial socialization into TF-CBT for African American youth. Child Maltreatment.
  • Jones, S., Anderson, R., Gaskin-Wasson, A., Sawyer, B., Applewhite, K., & Metzger, I. (2020). From "crib to coffin": The navigation of healing from racial trauma throughout the lifespan of Black Americans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 90, 267-282.
  • Saleem, F., Anderson, R., & Williams, M. (2020). Addressing the "myth" of racial trauma: Developmental and ecological considerations for youth of color. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 23, 1-14.

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