department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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Shanette Harris

  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.4591
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  • Mailing Address: Chafee 131 or 420


Dr. Harris is not currently working with graduate students.

Focus on the psychology of diversity and multiculturalism including race/ethnicity,gender, social class, and sexual orientation. Current research relates to eating disorders and disturbances, violence as a health issue, and cultural variation in health behavior. Most recent projects examine sociocultural-ecological correlates of eating behavior among African-American females and cultural moderators of the race/ethnicity-personality hardiness relationship.


Ph.D. 1989, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
M.A. 1984, Western Carolina University
B.S. 1982, Howard University


Harris, S.M. (2008). Lifting the Veil: African American Images and the European American Gaze, Commentary on Collins’ Black Sexual Politics. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 9(1), 32-51.

Harris, S. M. (2006). Body image attitudes, physical attributes and eating among African American college women. Journal of Race, Gender and Class, 13(1-2), 46-58.

Harris, S. M. (2006). Constructing a psychological perspective: The observer and the observed in the Souls of Black Folk. Reprint. In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Eds. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. 169, 178-194. Detroit: Thompson, Gale.

Professional Interests

Primary activities and interests relate to multiculturalism. Consultation, training and supervision provided to agency and institutional members that serve minority adolescents and their families. Multicultural and cognitive-behavioral orientations to therapy with families/couples, individuals and groups. Secondary interests involve minority college students' needs, progress, retention, and graduation.

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