Carla Desi-Ann Hunter

Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • 2009 Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) APA-Division 17 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity
  • 2009 Arnold O. Beckman Distinguished Research Board Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Description

Dr. Hunter's line of research is consistent with a focus in ethnic minority psychology and explores identity and well-being in persons of African descent who reside in the U.S. Two key assumptions which inform her research are (1) the U.S. racial history has created a unique racial context with specific racial hierarchies and (2) racial minority status in the U.S. may hold psychological implications for persons of African descent with respect to observed ethnic group health disparities. Her research explores individual factors (resiliency and counter productive) such as racial and ethnic identity and cultural worldviews and its association with outcomes such as perceptions of racial discrimination and race-related stressors in African Americans and British Caribbean Americans. The inclusion of British Caribbean Americans (and Black immigrants in general) is unique and important because Black immigrants' migration into the U.S. racial context provides a unique opportunity to investigate identity and acculturation in a racial group that migrates to the U.S. without the psychological and social label "racial minority". It is her hope that this line of research will be utilized to inform culturally competent and culturally relevant service delivery thereby decreasing treatment and mental health disparities for persons of African descent who reside in the U.S.

Education

Ph.D., Columbia University

Awards and Honors

  • 2009 Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) APA-Division 17 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity
  • 2009 Arnold O. Beckman Distinguished Research Board Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Recent Publications

Hunter, C. D-A., Case, A. D., & Harvey, I. S. (2019). Black college students’ sense of belonging and racial identity. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 23(9), 950-966. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2019.1602363

Watson-Singleton, N. N., Okunoren, O., LoParo, D., & Hunter, C. D-A. (2017). Emotional benefits and barriers of psychological services scale: Initial construction and validation among African American women. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(6), 684-695. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000240

Mekawi, Y., Bresin, K., & Hunter, C. D-A. (2017). Who is More Likely to “Not See Race”? Individual Differences in Racial Colorblindness. Race and Social Problems, 9(3), 207-217. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12552-017-9211-3

Pittman, D. M., Kim, S. C., Hunter, C. D-A., & Obasi, E. M. (2017). The role of minority stress in second-generation Black emerging adult college students' high-risk drinking behaviors. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(3), 445-455. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000135

Hunter, C. D-A., Case, A. D., Joseph, N., Mekawi, Y., & Bokhari, E. (2017). The Roles of Shared Racial Fate and a Sense of Belonging With African Americans in Black Immigrants’ Race-Related Stress and Depression. Journal of Black Psychology, 43(2), 135-158. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095798415627114

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