Tabbye M. Chavous

Professor; Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID)

Tabbye M.  Chavous, School of Education

Tabbye Chavous's research interests and projects center around (1) racial and gender identity development among African American adolescents and young adults and its relationship with students' academic identities, as well as implications for academic and psychological adjustment outcomes; (2) transitions to secondary schooling and higher education among ethnic minority students; and (3) racial and multicultural climates within secondary and higher education settings and implications for students' social and academic outcomes.

She is a principal investigator and codirector of the university's Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, a center funded through the National Science Foundation focused on research, training, and community outreach/engagement related to promoting positive development among diverse populations of Black youth and families. Also, Chavous has secured funding through grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation for research projects focusing on racial socialization processes among African American adolescents, psychological and contextual factors affecting college transitions among African American students; and relationships among racial identity, racial discrimination, and well-being among ethnic minority college students. Most recently, she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a project examining academic identification processes among African American students pursuing academic pathways in STEM fields.

Chavous’s undergraduate and graduate teaching interests and contributions include: adolescent psychology, with a focus on adolescent development in the context of schools, communities, and other societal institutions; educational psychology and human development; foundations of teaching and learning; schools as organizations; community psychology; and social science approaches to understanding and addressing "achievement gaps," or educational disparities across race, ethnicity, gender, and social class.

Chavous received her PhD in community psychology from the University of Virginia.

Chavous teaches courses in the following program(s):
Combined Program in Education and Psychology
Secondary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)



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

3/15/2011 - 10/14/2011 African American Women in STEM: Considering Issues of Race, Gender, and Academic Identity
Granting Agency: University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender

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

9/1/2005 - 8/31/2009 Racial Discrimination, Racial Identity, and Psychological Well-Being Among African Americans
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Mental Health

3/1/2005 - 3/31/2006 Enhancing our Ability to Understand and Address Educational Disparities: A Proposal from the Social Justice Initiative Committee of the UM School of Education
Granting Agency: National Center for Institutional Diversity

2/1/1999 - 1/1/2003 African Americans in HIgher Education
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation


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