James A. Graham, Ph.D.

James A. Graham, Ph.D.

James A. Graham, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and former chair of African American studies at The College of New Jersey. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Miami University (OH) and master's and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology at the University of Memphis. His scholarly work addresses social-cognitive development in underserved populations of children across a variety of community-based settings.

He has presented his research at a variety of international, national, regional, and local conferences. He has published research articles on the roles of race and gender in children’s friendships, children’s evaluations of social situations, children’s relationships to media, and the evaluation of community programs. He is the co-author of two textbooks — The African American Child: Development and Challenges, and Developmental Science: An Introductory Approach. In addition, he is a co-editor of Children of Incarcerated Parents: Theoretical, Developmental, and Clinical Issues.

He is the Coordinator of the Developmental Specialization in Psychology, and he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in child development and research methods. For the past decade, he has taught graduate education and psychology courses in Johannesburg, South Africa through The College of New Jersey’s Summer Graduate Global Program. Currently, he is writing the second edition of a textbook on African American child development.

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