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Cheryl Grills - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Cheryl Grills Cheryl Grills

Professor of Psychology | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills joined LMU's Psychology Department in 1987. She completed her undergraduate training at Yale University with a double major in psychology and African American studies and received her Masters and Ph.D. from UCLA. In 2009 she became certified in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.
Dr. Cheryl Grills is a clinical psychologist by training with a current emphasis in Community Psychology. She is Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Grills also serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner appointed by the LA County Board of Supervisors (2010) to a four year term on the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections which focuses on conditions and practices within county jails, probation and correctional facilities.

Education (3)

University of California at Los Angeles: Ph.D., 1985

University of California at Los Angeles: M.A., 1982

Yale University: B.A., 1980

Areas of Expertise (3)

Community Psychology

African-Centered Psychology

Reentry and Recidivism in Criminal Justice

Accomplishments (4)

Drum Major for Service Award (professional)

Awarded by President Barack Obama (2013)

Certificate of Special Recognition

Awarded by the Honorable Maxine Waters, 35th Congressional District (2011)

Honors for Excellence in Turning Research into Action

National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Urban LA (2011)

Faculty Recognition Award

Kente Graduation, Loyola Marymount University (2011)

Affiliations (6)

  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • Psychology Applied Research Center (PARC@LMU)
  • Imoyase Community Support Services (ICSS)
  • Within Our Lifetime
  • Community Healing Network
  • Alpha Sigma Nu

Research Grants (1)

CRDP II Statewide Evaluator

California Department of Public Health 


As the statewide evaluator for Phase II of the California Reducing Disparities Project , PARC@LMU will use a CBPR integrative mixed methods multi-year approach to discern best practices associated with the implementation of culturally defined evidence practice, as well as CRDP Phase II’s achievement of its objectives.

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