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Marisha L. Humphries, PhD

Associate Professor

Educational Psychology

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

3529 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (M/C 147), Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4677


Marisha L. Humphries, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and licensed clinical psychologist who engages in developmental and prevention science research that takes an integrated approach to studying African-American children's normative and prosocial development. Specifically, her work examines African-American children's emotional and social competence, and the ways in which schools can support this development by facilitating an equitable learning environment. Given Dr. Humphries’ interest and experience in applied research, she engages in work that has contributed to the development of culturally relevant classroom observation tools and a classroom curricula for young children, along with trainings and supports for pre-service interns and school leaders. She has also engaged with university faculty to facilitate their learning regarding the connection between social and emotional competence, diversity, and learning in university rooms. Dr. Humphries is committed to engaging in work that acknowledges and supports the optimal development of African American children despite pervasive racial inequalities. Her research has been published in Early Education & Development, Journal of Applied School Psychology, Children & Schools, and the Journal of Black Psychology.


Selected Publications

(*denotes student author)

Humphries, M. L., *Moore, C., Ward, A.E. (forthcoming Spring 2025). Supporting students to develop positive racial identities. In Soutter, A. E. Ward, & C. N. Ly (Eds.), Transformative social and emotional learning: Centering equity and social justice in PreK-6 classrooms. Teachers College.

Loyd, A. B., Humphries, M. L., *Moore, C., *Owens, C., *Mbande, A., & *Williams, N. (2024). Identifying risk and protective factors in research on mental health and Black American adolescents: 1990 through 2022. Journal of Black Psychology. Advanced online publication

*Smith, A. M., Humphries, M. Mbilishaka, A., Auguste, E. E (2023). Hair messages: A context for exploring racial socialization among African American males. Journal of Black Psychology, 49, 684-715.

Humphries, M.L. & McKay-Jackson, C.  (2022). The role of race in social and emotional learning (SEL) training for pre-service school social workers and teachers. Children & Schools, 44, 7-16.

Gardner-Neblett, N., Iruka, I. U., & Humphries, M., (2021). Dismantling the Black-White achievement gap paradigm: Why and how we need to focus instead on systemic change. Journal of Education, 203, 433-441.

Humphries, M. L., *Williams, B., & *May, T. (2018). Early Childhood Teachers Perspectives on Social-Emotional Competence and Learning in Urban Classrooms. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 34, 157-179.

Humphries, M. & Iruka, I. (2017). Ring the alarm: Moving from educational gaps to educational opportunities for Black students. In I. U. Iruka, S. Curenton, & T. Durden (eds.), African American Children in Early Childhood Education: Making the Case for Policy Investments in Families, Schools, and Communities (pp.15-34). United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Humphries, M. (2016). Social emotional competence: The missing but necessary ingredient in facilitating Black children’s academic outcomes & positive Development. In Black Child Development Institute – Chicago, Being Black is not a risk factor: Statistics and strengths-based solutions in the state of Illinois (pp.30-33). National Black Child Development Institute: Washington, DC.

Humphries, M. L., Strickland, J., & Keenan, K. (2014). African American preschoolers’ social and emotional competence at school: Influence of teachers and mothers support. Journal of Education, 194, 11-18.

Humphries, M. L., (2013). African American children’s affective attributions & consequences regarding sociomoral events. Early Education & Development, 24, 212-232.

Notable Honors

2023-2024, Graduate Mentoring Award, University of Illinois Chicago

2018, Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois Chicago

2016-2017, Master Teacher Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities, University of Illinois Chicago

2010-2011, Teaching Recognition Program Award, , Council on Excellence in Teaching & Learning, University of Illinois Chicago


2001 - PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Psychology
1998 - MA, University of Illinois at Chicago, Clinical Psychology
1994 - BS, Howard University, Psychology

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Professional Memberships

Society for Research in Child Development

American Psychological Association