Jelani Mandara

Dr. Jelani Mandara

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Annenberg Hall
Room 107
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 491-4105


Jelani Mandara is a family and developmental psychologist. His primary research examines the nature and effects of socialization, father’s involvement, and how they interact with gender, race and SES to impact youths’ academic and social development. He is currently implementing and evaluating a culturally sensitive parent training intervention he developed called B-PROUD. This particular prevention-intervention is focused on mothers of African American sons and covers important topics such as general parenting styles, academic socialization, proactive racial socialization, and boys' development. He and his students also examine how differences in parenting and other family factors account for ethnic and gender disparities in achievement and the likelihood of engaging in risky behavior. He regularly teaches courses and conducts workshops on African American child and adolescent development and effective parenting. He also consults for different schools and non-profit organizations on ways to increase minority achievement. He and his wife Keisha have three adolescent sons and a one-year-old daughter.

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2002 PhD, Social/Personality Psychology University of California, Riverside
1997 BS, Psychology California State University, Long Beach

Selected Publications

Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2014). Differential parenting of African American adolescents as an explanation for gender disparities in achievement. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Richman, S., & Mandara, J. (2013). Do socialization goals explain differences in parental control between black and white parents? . Family Relations, 62: 625 – 636.

Varner, F. A., & Mandara, J. (2013). Discrimination concerns and expectations as explanations of gendered socialization in African American families. . Child Development: 875 – 890.

Mandara, J. Murray, C. B., Telesford, J. M., Varner, F. A., & Richman, S. B. (2012). Observed gender differences in African American mother-child relationships and child behavior. Family Relations, 61: 129 - 141.

Sorkhabi, N., & Mandara, J. (2012). Are the effects of Baumrind’s parenting styles culturally specific or culturally equivalent? in A. Sheffield Morris, R. E. Larzelere, & A. W. Harrist (Eds), New Directions in Authoritative Parenting Washington, DC: APA Books.

Mandara, J., Rogers, S. Y., & Zinbarg, R. E. (June, 2011). The effects of family structure on African American adolescents' marijuana use. Journal of Marriage and Family: 557 - 569.

Mandara, J., Moore, I., Richman, S., & Varner, F. A. (2011). Where should African American parents send their children? Disentangling schools’ racial compositions from their financial resources in D. Slaughter-Defoe, H. Stevenson, E. Arrington, & D. Johnson (Eds), Black educational choice in a climate of school reform: Assessing the private and public alternatives to traditional K-12 public schools Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Mandara, J., Varner, F. A., & Richman, S. (2010). Do African American mothers really “love” their sons and “raise” their daughters? . Journal of Family Psychology: 41 - 50.

Mandara, J. (2009). Developing parental involvement workshops for African American parents of adolescents. in N. E. Hill & R. K. Chao (Eds.), Family-School Relations during Adolescence: Linking Research, Policy, and Practice Teacher College Press.

Mandara, J., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Richards, M. H., & Ragsdale, B. L. (2009). The effects of changes in racial identity and self-esteem on changes in African American Adolescents’ mental health. Child Development, 6: 1660 – 1675.

Mandara, J., Greene, N., & Varner, F., & Richman, S. (2009). Family predictors of the black-white achievement gap in adolescence. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101: 867 - 878.

Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2009). Do changes in marital status predict changes in African American mothers’ depressive symptoms?. Journal of Family Psychology, 23: 839 - 847.

Mandara, J., Johnston, J., Murray, C. B., & Varner, F (2008). Marriage, money, and African American mothers’ self-esteem. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1188 - 1199.

Mandara, J., & Pikes, C. L. (2008). Guilt trips and love withdrawal: Does psychological control predict depressive symptoms among African American adolescents?. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 57: 603 - 611.

Mandara, J. & Murray, C. B. (2007). How African American families can facilitate the academic achievement of their children: Implications for family-based interventions in J. Jackson, Strengthening the Educational Pipeline for African Americans: Informing Policy and Practice SUNY Press.



SESP 319

Family Development in a Changing Society Societal changes and its effects on the family.

SESP 321

Child Development: The African American Experience

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