Dr. Rita R. Smith-Wade-El
Professor, Ph.D. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Office: Byerly Hall 117
Comments: Other hours by appointment
Dr. Smith Wade-El attended Barnard College where she obtained her B.A. in psychology. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of specialization are learning, development, racism, diversity, and African Americans.
Her courses encompass General Psychology (PSYC 100), Psychology of Racism (PSYC 318), Psychology of Religion (PSYC 328), Psychology of African Americans (PSYC 319), Human Relations (PSYC 234), the Black Women (SS 212) and Human Growth and Development (PSYC 625). Her additional responsibilities include: tutor coordinator, advisor for secondary education social studies majors with psychology option, co-op coordinator, certification evaluator, pre-law advisory committee, undecided advisor, and colloquium coordinator.
Some of her research interests are race as a self-schema, racial identity, and self-reinforcement, stereotype threat, gender and racism. Dr. Smith-Wade-El also serves as the Director of Millersville's African-American Studies Minor and co-director of the Ethnic Studies Leaning Community Freshman Experience.