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.
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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
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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...
Police Shooting Videos Take a Toll on Mental Health
Outrage, protests and more violence are just some of the expected reactions to killings at the hands of law enforcement officers caught on camera...
Are Women Naturally Superior To Men?
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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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...