Fatima Varner

Fatima Alesia Varner

Assistant Professor , The University of Texas at Austin


 Fatima Varner is a graduate of Northwestern University's Ph.D. program in Human Development and Social Policy and received her bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University. She also was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context at the University of Michigan.

Varner's major research interests include the roles of ethnicity, gender, and context on parenting, family processes, and adolescent outcomes. She is especially interested in the pathways through which racial discrimination influences parenting and adolescents’ academic achievement in African American families. In addition, she studies how contextual factors influence African American mothers’ psychological well-being.



Year Degree Institution
2010 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2008 MA, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2004 BA Psychology North Carolina State University


Year Title  
2010 The influence of differential parenting on gender differences in African American adolescents' outcomes Adobe Acrobat PDF Logo Download Adobe Acrobat PDF


Employment History

2016 - Current Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Human Development and Family Sciences 108 E. Dean Keeton St., Stop A2702
Austin TX 78712
2013 2016 Assistant Professor, Fordham University
2010 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

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