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Roxanne Donovan, Ph.D. - Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw, GA, US

Roxanne Donovan, Ph.D. Roxanne Donovan, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies | Kennesaw State University


Roxanne Donovan's research has an interdisciplinary focus on psychology, gender studies and ethnic studies, particularly Black studies.





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Roxanne Donovan is professor of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. Donovan has published over a dozen journal articles and book chapters on how sociodemographic variables, such as racism and sexism, impact the mental health of people of color, particularly Black women. Donovan is a regular guest on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought where she provides expert commentary on issues of well-being, gender, race, and current events. Donovan is also a licensed psychologist in Georgia and does consultation and training on diversity, stress, and work-life balance.

Industry Expertise (6)

Education/Learning Health and Wellness Health Care - Providers Social Services Public Safety Program Development

Areas of Expertise (8)

Psychology Sociology Community Outreach Gender Studies Women's Studies Immigration Race and mental health Work-life priorities

Accomplishments (1)

WellAcademic - Founder (professional)


WellAcademic's workshops, webinars, and coaching teach overextended faculty, administrators, and graduate students how to find joy, focus, and connection while increasing productivity.

Education (5)

The University of Connecticut: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology 2004

University of Connecticut: Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies 2002

University of Connecticut:: M.A., Clinical Psychology

University of Miami: BBA, Marketing

Rutgers University: B.A., Psychology 1998

Affiliations (2)

  • American Psychological Association
  • WellAcademic

Media Appearances (3)

Trauma of Racism Playing Out Tragically for Black Americans and Police Officers, Kennesaw State Psychology Professor Says



The recent killings of Black-Americans by police officers and, the ensuing intense protests and attacks on law enforcement officers are all symptomatic of the collective trauma of racism, says Roxanne Donovan, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology and interdisciplinary studies at Kennesaw State University...

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Police Shooting Videos Take a Toll on Mental Health

GPB  radio


Outrage, protests and more violence are just some of the expected reactions to killings at the hands of law enforcement officers caught on camera...

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Are Women Naturally Superior To Men?

GPB Media  


Emory University anthropologist and neuroscientist Melvin Konner’s new book, “Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy,” posits a controversial theory. Konner writes that women are the naturally superior gender and he uses evolution, genetic research and cultural examples to back up his ideas. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with Konner and a panel of guests to discuss the biological, intellectual and social differences between women and men and suss out whether or not there is a dominant sex after all. Also joining the conversation are Kennesaw State University psychologist Roxanne Donovan; Kimberly Hamlin, director of American Studies at Miami University; and Philip Cohen, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.

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Recent Papers (10)

The price of strength: Black female college students’ perspectives on the Strong Black Woman stereotype Women & Therapy


Black feminist scholars posit that the Strong Black Woman stereotype (SBW) is a compelling image that depicts Black women as strong, independent, and self-sacrificing...

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Stress and mental-health: Moderating role of the Strong Black Woman stereotype Journal of Black Psychology


Research indicates that Black women highly endorse the Strong Black Woman (SBW) stereotype—a perception that Black women are naturally strong, resilient, self-contained, and self-sacrificing...

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Exploring intersections of privilege and oppression for Black and Asian immigrant and U.S. born women: Reaching across the imposed divide Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration and Feminist Psychology 2015

Psychologists and other social scientists are increasingly attending to intersectionality, recognizing that sociopolitical statuses interact to create qualitatively different experiences (Cole, 2009). For example, Black and Asian...

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Impact of racial macro- and microaggressions in Black women’s lives: A preliminary analysis Journal of Black Psychology


Most studies on perceived racial discrimination do not differentiate between macroaggressions (i.e., overt, purposeful discrimination) and microaggressions (i.e., subtle, typically unconscious discrimination) or examine gender...

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Tough or Tender: (Dis)Similarities in White College Students' Perceptions on Black and White Woman Psychology of Women Quarterly


Although intersectional theory and empirical evidence suggest that race impacts how women are perceived, there is a dearth of research on how the dominant culture stereotypes Black women compared to White women...

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Dimensions of acculturation: associations with health risk behaviors among college students from immigrant families. Journal of Counseling Psychology


In the present study, we examined a bidimensional model of acculturation (which includes both heritage and US practices, values, and identifications) in relation to hazardous alcohol use, illicit drug use, unsafe sexual behavior, and impaired driving. A sample of ...

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Coping With Racism: What Works and Doesn't Work for Black Women? Journal of Black Psychology


Perceived racial discrimination (PRD) has deleterious effects on Black Americans. However, there is minimal empirical research on the influence of gender and coping on the relationship between PRD and mental health. This study posited that coping style ...

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To Blame or Not To Blame Influences of Target Race and Observer Sex on Rape Blame Attribution Journal of Interpersonal Violence


There is a paucity of research on the influence of racist and sexist stereotypes in rape blame attribution, including the jezebel and matriarch stereotypes of Black women. This study extends the literature by examining how victim race, perpetrator race, and ...

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Gender, race, and speech style stereotypes Sex Roles


Considerable research has shown that people have stereotypical beliefs about the speech and communication style of women and men. There is less research about stereotypes of Black people's speech, and none that jointly or comparably investigates ...

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Living at the intersection: The effects of racism and sexism on Black rape survivors Women & Therapy


Empirical and clinical data indicate that Black rape survivors are blamed more and are less likely to disclose their assaults than other women. We propose that these differences are, in large part, due to how Black women are perceived and evaluated. ...

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