M.A. Educational Psychology, (Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology Program)
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, (Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology Program)
Areas of Interest
Diversity Science; Prevention Science
Research & Discovery
As an engaged scholar, I want to contribute to the social good and improve the human condition. My areas of interests include Diversity Science and Prevention Science. With a focus on African Americans, particularly in educational settings, I seek to promote cultural health and optimal development of those from groups that have been historically disadvantaged. The African American Student Network (AFAM) is the cornerstone of my research.
What can students expect from me?
Students can expect me to engage them in the questions that I find deeply meaningful, important, and interesting, particularly complex questions with direct implications for the social good and the well-being of individuals and families. With an emphasis on diversity, positive assets, and resilience, my courses require students to apply learning to their own lives or immediate social contexts.
My philosophy of advising is developmental and rooted in empowering students with tools to facilitate their transition into and through FSOS programs. Developmental advising views students as actively engaged in the advising process rather than passive recipients of it; that is, both students and advisers take responsibility for actively engaging in and communicating about the advising process. Supporting students in finding their professional niche or sense of personal and professional congruence is also as an important part of my role as an adviser. Finally, creating safe and engaging spaces to discuss topics of diversity is important. Essential to my advising philosophy is respect for the: individual, diversity, and empowerment.
Undergraduate and Graduate Courses I Teach
FSOS 2101 Preparation for Working with Families
FSOS 3429 Counseling Skills Practicum I
FSOS 3431 Counseling Skills Practicum II
FSOS 5150 Special Topics: The African American Family
National Association Affiliation
Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)
Honors and Awards
Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota
Select Publications and Presentations
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Grier-Reed, T., & Ajayi, A. (In Press). Incorporating Humanistic Values and Techniques in a Culturally-Responsive Therapeutic Intervention for African American College Students. Journal of Humanistic Counseling.
Grier-Reed, T., Gagner, N., & Ajayi, A. (In Press). (En)Countering a White racial frame at a predominantly White institution: The case of the African American Student Network. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.
Grier-Reed, T. (2018). Mixed Methods Intervention Research: A study of the African American Student Network (AFAM). Sage Research Methods Cases-Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526427243
Grier-Reed, T., Houseworth, J., & Diehl, D. (2017). Breaking down walls and building bridges: A study of cross-racial interactions across predominantly White campuses. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 3. https://www.ncore.ou.edu/en/jcscore-copy/jcscore-fall-2017/
Gbolo, S., & Grier-Reed, T. (April 1, 2016). An African American student networking group in an urban high school: Experiences and outcomes. Journal of Urban Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0042085916641170
Grier-Reed, T., & Wilson, R. J. (2016). The African American Student Network: An exploration of Black students' ego networks at a predominantly White institution. Journal of Black Psychology, 42, 374-386. doi: 10.1177/0095798415591661
Grier-Reed, T., Arcinue, F., & Inman. E. (2016). The African American Student Network: An intervention for retention. Journal of College Student Retention, Theory, & Practice, 18, 183-193. doi: 10.1177/1521025115584747
Grier-Reed, T., & Chahla, R. (2015). Impact of constructivist career course on academic performance and graduation outcomes. Journal of College Student Retention, 17, 105-118. doi: 10.1177/1521025115571254
Grier-Reed, T. (2013). The African American Student Network: an informal networking group as a therapeutic intervention for Black college students on a predominantly White campus. Journal of Black Psychology, 39, 169-184. doi: 10.1177/0095798413478696
Grier-Reed, T. L., Appleton, J. J., Rodriguez, M., Ganuza, Z. M., & Reschly, A. (2012). Exploring the Student Engagement Instrument and career perceptions in college students. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 2, 85-96.
Grier-Reed, T., Arcinue, F., & Chahla, R. (2012). Constructivist career counseling with Asian American college students. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 28, 15-26.
Grier-Reed, T., & Ganuza, Z. (2012). Using constructivist career development to improve career decision self-efficacy in TRIO students. Journal of College Student Development, 53, 464-471.
2018 The African American Student Network: Promoting Health and Wellbeing for African American Youth, Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Public Health Guest Lecture
2018 Black Awareness and Academics Achievement: The African American Student Network--Paying Down an Educational Debt, Minnesota Psychological Association, St. Paul, MN, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Presenter
2017 Intersections of Racialized Experiences and Psychosocial Development for Black Undergraduates at a Predominantly White Institution, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, Fort Worth, TX, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Presenter
2016 The African American Student Network: A Culturally Responsive Counseling Intervention, Association of Black Psychologists (ABPSI) Annual Convention, Arlington, VA, Tabitha Grier-Reed and Danielle Cotton
2016 Institutional Satisfaction for Black Students at a Predominantly White Institution, American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Denver, CO, Shari Dade, Sherri Turner, & Tabitha Grier-Reed, Poster
2016 Unintended Outcomes of Diversity on Campus: White Students’ Perceptions of Discrimination, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), San Francisco, CA, Tabitha Grier-Reed and David Diehl
2016 Teaching Race, Discussing Race: Unintended Outcomes of Diversity on Campus--White Students’ Perceptions of Discrimination, Higher Learning: Race in Postsecondary Education Conference, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Tabitha Grier-Reed
2016 College as a Site of Racial Identity Formation: The African American Student Network--10 Years of Data, Higher Learning: Race in Postsecondary Education Conference, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Presenter
2015 The African American Student Network: A Social Justice Intervention, National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, GA, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Poster
2014 The African American Student Network (AFAM), College Readiness and Achievement Gap (CRAG) Talks, University of Minnesota, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Invited Presentation
2014 The African American Student Network: One Way the Office for Student Affairs Supports Students’ Education, The African American Research Collective (AARC), University of Minnesota, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Panel Presentation, Invited
2014 Building a Collaborative Community of Support: The African American Student Network—A Model of Success. The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN. Simone Gbolo & Tabitha Grier-Reed.
2013 The African American Student Network: Social Support, Therapy, and Education, Race Workshop, Sociology Department, Duke University, Tabitha Grier-Reed, Invited
2013 Improving student experiences in school: The African American Student Network. Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Convention, Bloomington, MN. Simone Gbolo & Tabitha Grier-Reed.
2012 Understanding the Power of Networks: Research and Practice. College of Education and Human Development Saturday Scholars, University of Minnesota, Presenter.
2012 The Survey Research Project: Technology and Research with Introductory Level Undergraduates, Academic Technology Showcase, University of Minnesota, Tabitha Grier-Reed & Emily Karp, Poster