Robert Sellers

Professor, School of Education; Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Robert  Sellers, School of Education

Sellers's research interests include ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, athletic participation, and personality. The meta-objective of his research has been to examine the ways in which the interaction between personal characteristics (e.g., identity and attributional styles) and characteristics of the social environment (or event) influence subsequent behavior and adaptational outcomes. Both personality and social psychology have investigated this question from different points of view. His work has attempted to incorporate approaches and methodologies that are common to both of these areas of psychology as he has tried to develop important conceptual and methodological constructs that represent relevant experiences in the lives of African Americans and college student-athletes.

Sellers teaches courses in the following program(s):
Combined Program in Education and Psychology



Research Affiliations


10/1/2008 - 9/30/2013 IRADS: Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

4/15/2012 - 12/31/2012 Workshop at ICP 2012 Conference
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2010 - 8/31/2011 Contextual Research-Large Empirical: Racial & Gender Identity in Context: A Multi-Method Study of Risk and Resilience Processes among African American College Students in STEM Areas
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation


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