Dr. Jelani Mandara
Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
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.
|2002||PhD, Social/Personality Psychology||University of California, Riverside|
|1997||BS, Psychology||California State University, Long Beach|
|2002||Towards a psychological systems theory of goal-directed behavior|
Selected PublicationsMandara, J., Moore, I., Richman, S., & Varner, F. A. (In Press/Under Review). 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.
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., 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. (2008). Parent-child relations in W. A. Darity (Ed.), INTERNATIONAL Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd). Macmillan Reference.
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.
|HDSP 451||Topics: African-American Child Development|
|SESP 319||Family Development in a Changing Society Societal changes and their effects on the family.|
|SESP 321||Child Development: The African-American Experience Variety of socially important topics and debates regarding African American children’s development,including their physical development and health; general cognitive development and achievement; Ebonics and language issues; and how economic status, media, social-stereotypes, racism, family dynamics, peer groups, African American cultural norms, and other social actors affect racial identity and social and personality development.|
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