Kalynda Smith, Ph.D. 2017

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Kalynda Smith, Ph.D. was awarded the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2017 in support of her research titled The Impact of Social and Cognitive Factors on the Academic Achievement of High Achieving African American Undergraduates: An Exploratory Study. The purpose of this study is “..to determine the impact of communalism, in the educational practices of HBCUs and between students and their families, and the academic identity development, including the impact of need for cognition and experience of academic emotions, on the academic achievement of high achieving African American students.”

Dr. Kalynda C. Smith is a Social Psychologist with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology and English from Truman State University, located in Kirkville, MO; and a Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree in Social Psychology with a Minor in Developmental Psychology from Howard University, located in Washington D.C. Dr. Smith joined Hampton University’s Department of Psychology in August 2014 and is an Assistant Professor with a teaching load that primarily includes social psychology and research-based courses.

Dr. Smith is the Co-PI of a $1.3 million NSF HBCU-UP-funded study in collaboration with Howard University entitled: Multiple Consciousnesses: Investigating the Identities (Academic, Gender, Race and Disability) Of Black Women Undergraduate Students In STEM And Their Impact On Persistence (Award #1505150). Dr. Smith’s duties include quantitative data collection, analyses and interpretation.

Dr. Smith is also a senior researcher on the Cardiovascular Disease sub-project of Hampton University’s Minority Men’s Health Initiative. Her duties include collecting and analyzing both quantitative as well as qualitative data. Dr. Smith will also guide the final dissemination of behavior science data from the project.

Dr. Smith is also the recipient of the Hampton University Faculty Research Grant for a project entitled: A Comparative Study of Race Definitions and Racial Identity Development among African-American Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennial. The purpose of this study is to compare the racial identity development of African Americans across generations to understand if increased exposure to out-groups as well as technological developments over time have led to a change in how African Americans identify as African American in the United States.

For more information about Dr. Smith and her research, contact her at kalynda.smith@hamptonu.edu

For more information about other research supported by AASF see https://blacksuccessfoundation.org/scientific-research/