Associate Professor of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology and AAADS
PhD Developmental Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
MS Clinical (Child) Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
BA Psychology, Wellesley College
I am interested in the social and emotional development of children, adolescence, and emerging adults with a particular interest in cultural identity development and the process of forming identities for race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion and the impact of these identities on psychosocial functioning. I am also interested in the impact of stereotypes, discrimination, "isms", and privilege on the psychosocial functioning of majority and minority populations in multicultural societies.
Fhagen-Smith, P.E., Vandiver, B. J.,Worrell, F., & Cross, W. E. (2010). (Re) examining racial identity differences across gender, community type, and socioeconomic status among African American college students. Identity: An International Journal of Research and Theory, 10, 164-180
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2010). Social class, racial/ethnic identity, and the psychology of "choice". In K. Korgen (Ed.). Multiracial Americans and social class: the influence of social class on racial identity (pp. 59-70). New York: Routledge.
Worrell, F. C., Vandiver, B. J., Schaefer, B. A., Cross, W. E., & Fhagen- Smith, P. E. (2006). Cluster analyses of cross racial identity scale (CRIS) scores in three independent samples. The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 519-547.
Porche, M., Fhagen-Smith, P., Kim, J. H., Vazquez-Garcia, H., Tracy, A. J., &
Erkut, S. (2004). Complexities in researching mixed ancestry adolescents: A preliminary study. Wellesley Centers for Women Working Paper. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.
Worrell, F. C., Vandiver, B. J., Cross, W. E., & Fhagen-Smith, P.E. (2004). Reliability and structural validity of the cross racial identity scale scores on a sample of African American adults. Journal of Black Psychology, 30,
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2003). Mixed Ancestry Racial/Ethnic Identity Development(MAREID) Model. Wellesley Centers for Women Working Paper No. 413. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2003). Mixed race youth between 8 and 11 years old. In M. P. P. Root & M. Kelley (Eds.). The multiracial child resource book.
Seattle, WA: MAVIN Foundation.
Vandiver, B. J., Cross, W. E., Jr., Worrell, F. C., & Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2002). Validating the Cross Racial Identity Scale. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 49, 71-85.
Vandiver, B. J., Fhagen-Smith, P. E., Cokley, K. O., Cross, W. E.,& Worrell,
F. C. (2001). Cross nigrescence model: From theory to scale to theory.
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 29, 174-200
Cross, W. E., & Fhagen-Smith, P. (2001). A life-span developmental model of racial identity. In C. J. Wijeyesinghe & B. W. Jackson (Eds.). Reflections on racial identity development: Essays on theory, practice and discourse. NY: New York University Press
SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, 2011.
Fhagen-Smith, P. (2011). Teaching social issues through a lens of psychological science inquiry to undergraduates. Symposium presented at the 9th biennial convention of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Charlotte, NC, June 21-24.
Fhagen-Smith, P. (2008). The relationship between dimensions of self-concept during the early adolescent years: An exploratory study. Paper presented at the 16th annual National Association of African American studies conference: Placing democracy and human rights at the heart of minority issues. Baton Rouge, LO, Feburary 11-16.
Maizner, R. & Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2006). The female Muslim immigrant experience in the United States: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the 6th annual Diversity challenge: Do immigrants catch or carry race and culture? Boston College, October 20-21.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. & Bates, K. (2005). Diversity training: Interventions and research opportunities. Workshop presented at the 5th annual Diversity challenge: Making race and culture work in the world of work. Boston College, October 21-22.
Erkut, S., & Fhagen-Smith, P.E., & Porche, M. (2004). Mixed Ancestry Experience. Symposium presented at the 109th Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 28 - August 1.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E., Erkut, S., & Vasquez-Garcia, H. (2003). Theoretical help still needed: What does it mean to be of mixed ancestry? Structured discussion presented at the 3rd annual diversity challenge: 30+ years of racial identity theory: What do we know and how does it help us?, Boston College, October 17-18.
Fhagen-Smith, P. E. (2003). Cross Racial Identity Scale (CRIS) Scores and Demographics: Does Participants Sex, Age, SES, Racial Designation and Childhood Community Make A Difference? Paper presented at the 3rd annual diversity challenge: 30+ years of racial identity theory: What do we know and how does it help us?, Boston College, October 17-18.
Fhagen-Smith, P.E., Vandiver, B. J., & Cross, W. E., Jr. (2001). Black identity and gender differences. Symposium presented at the18th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Dealing with Gender and Social Class in Cross-cultural Psychology and Education, New York City, NY, February 23-24.
Wijeyesinghe, C. L., Fhagen-Smith, P.E. & Jones, J. (2001). Racial identity in the classroom: Models of black, white and multiracial identity development and their application to teaching, advising, & counseling. Symposium presented at the 1st annual diversity challenge: How to survive teaching courses on race and culture, Boston College, October 12-13.
Cross, W.E., Worrell, F. C., Fhagen-Smith, P.E., & Vandiver, B.J. (2000). Integrating Theory and Research: The Cross Racial Identity Scale. Symposium presented at the 108th Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C., August 4-8.
Title: Adherence to Asian Values and the Use of English Names and Self-Ethnic Labels among Asian/Asian-American College Students
Title: The Influence of Racial Identity and Ideology on Future Neighborhood Preferences
Title: Students With Dyslexia in Higher Education: A Grounded Theory Approach
Title: Preschoolers' aggression: A study of gender schemas and gender-typed behaviors
Title: The Female Muslim Immigrant Experience in the U.S