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Stephanie Afful

Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • Ph.D.        Social Psychology, Saint Louis University
  • M.S.R.      Research in Social Psychology, Saint Louis University
  • BA            Psychology and Sociology, with minor in Global Studies, Drury University

Research Area/Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Afful's research interests include modern models of racism, measurement of contemporary racism, oppositional thinking, racial & gender identity, teaching of psychology, etiology of cocaine dependence, and gender differences within substance abuse and dependence.

Recent Publications:

  • Cavazos-Rehg, P. A., Spitznagel, E. L, Schootman, M., Strickland, J. R., Afful, S. E., Cottler, L. B., & Bierut, L. J. (2009). Risky sexual behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases: A comparison study of cocaine dependent individuals in treatment versus a community-matched sample. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 23(9), 727-734.
  • Bierut, L. J., Strickland, J. R., Thompson, J. R., Afful, S. E., & Cottler, L. B. (2008). Drug use and dependence in cocaine dependent subjects and community based individuals and their siblings. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 95, 14-22.
  • Harvey, R. D., & Afful, S. E. (2007). The psychology of affirmative action: A review of psychological perspective of affirmative action. PsycCritiques, 52(17).


  • Harvey, R. D., & Afful, S. E. (under review). Racialization, racial identity, and health behaviors: A case for culturally sensitive health interventions. Journal of Black Psychology.
  • Kusto, A. R., Afful, S. E., & Mattingly, B. A. (under review). The universal professor: Students' perceptions of and preferences for professors. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • Newman, L. C., Lancaster, M., & Afful, S. E. (January 2010). Unintentional effects of in-class debate. Presented at the Teaching Pre-Conference at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Eleventh Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Afful, S. E., & Harvey, R. D. (February 2009). Juxtaposing racial in-groups vs. out-groups: Do we need self control? Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Afful, S. E., & Harvey, R. D. (May 2008). Polarization of social groups as a predictor of explicit racism. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Afful, S. E., Kusto, A. R., & Mattingly, B. A. (May, 2007). Occupational schemas: How do students perceive professors across three disciplines? Presented at the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology (CTUP) at the 2007 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Professional Organizations:

  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
  • Society for Teaching of Psychology, APA Division 2 (STP)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • Psi Chi

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Positive Psychology

Contact Information:

Department of Behavioral Sciences

Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Email: safful@fontbonne.edu
Phone: (314) 719-3610
Office: East 312B