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Seanna Leath, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Leath considers variation in the family and school-based experiences of Black youth and young adults, including how they draw on their race and gender identity beliefs as cultural assets to protect against the negative effects of discrimination on academic and psychological outcomes. Her work engages these processes among Black girls and women in particular, utilizing theoretical and methodological approaches grounded in education, psychology, and gender and cultural studies. She hopes to encourage equitable and transformative change to support Black women and girls’ healthy and holistic identity development.

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