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Colleen Halliday-Boykins

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Department of Psychology


Dr. Halliday-Boykins received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her primary interests are in understanding racial/ethnic disparities in antisocial behavior and substance use in children and adolescents, with particular attention to girls’ outcomes.  In this vein, her interests include examining the forms of racial stereotypes, discrimination, and socialization that are gender-based as well as the ways in which school contexts contribute to or mitigate racial/ethnic disparities.

Dr. Halliday-Boykins’ broad research interests pertain to social ecological and ethnocultural approaches to understanding, preventing, and addressing aggression, antisocial behavior, substance abuse, and violent victimization.  As such, her research endeavors involve examining the roles of families, peers, schools, and neighborhood/communities in contributing to, averting, and ameliorating these outcomes.  Her interests also include understanding the mechanisms by which race and ethnicity confer risk for mental and behavioral health problems, the roles of social ecological and ethnocultural factors in differential effects across racial/ethnic groups and within group variation, as well as identifying ways to reduce racial/ethnic mental and behavioral health disparities. Dr. Halliday-Boykins has received funding both as a principal investigator and as a co-investigator from National Institute on Drug Abuse and has collaborated on several other research projects funded by NIH and other agencies.  She has served on the editorial board for Developmental Psychology and as an ad hoc reviewer for several other scholarly journals.

Clinical and/or Research Expertise

Antisocial behavior, juvenile delinquency, adolescent substance abuse, racial/ethnic parities