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Tiffany Townsend - Augusta University. Augusta , GA, US

Tiffany Townsend Tiffany Townsend

Chief Diversity Officer | Augusta University


A national expert and widely recognized leader in diversity and health equity research as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic.




Dr. Tiffany G. Townsend, a widely recognized leader in diversity and psychology, serves as the chief diversity officer for Augusta University.

Townsend’s journey into the field of diversity traces back to her work conducting health disparities/health promotion research among youth of color, first as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Penn State University, and later as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. As a result of her work, Townsend accepted the role of senior director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the American Psychological Association.

As an administrator and scholar, Townsend has received over $4 million in grants to conduct studies on populations of color, including sexual risk reduction interventions for African-American girls and career development/training programs for early- career scientists of color.

Her work in the field of diversity has been featured in several journals, books and media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Journal of Child and Family Studies, the Washingtonian and the Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Townsend is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Society for Research on Adolescents, American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists and Society for Research and Child Development.

Townsend earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from George Washington University. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Diversity and inclusion in higher education

Health Equity

Clinical Psychology

Education (4)

Spelman College: Bachelor's Degree, Psychology 1993

The George Washington University: Master's Degree, Clinical Psychology 1997

The George Washington University: Doctoral degree, Clinical Psychology 1998

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Licensed Psychologist

State Board of Examiners of Psychologists of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia

Affiliations (6)

  • National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
  • Society for Research on Adolescents
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research and Child Development
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • Georgia Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Media Appearances (3)

America’s psychologists want you to understand how racism holds our country back

Los Angeles Times  online


Psychologists discuss the importance of talking about race beyond the confines of a therapist's office.

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Managing Racial Stress: Guidance For Parents

EmbraceRace  online

Townsend discusses racial stress and the strategies to use to minimize its effects.

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Div45 CARED with Dr. Tiffany Townsend

Division 45  online


Townsend's webinar focused on what faculty are looking for in doctoral applicants.

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Articles (1)

Family Influences on Racial Identity Among African American Youth

Journal of Black Psychology

This study was to examine the influence of parental efficacy, family coping, and adaptive family functioning on the development of racial identity among African American youth.

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