Howard C. Stevenson


Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

African American psychology; effects of at-risk neighborhoods on youth, family, and parental engagement; racial/ethnic socialization and negotiation

Howard Stevenson is an expert on psychology, racial literacy, and racial trauma. His book — Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference — focuses on how educators, community leaders, and parents can emotionally resolve face-to-face racially stressful encounters that reflect racial profiling in public spaces, fuel social conflicts in neighborhoods, and undermine student emotional well-being and academic achievement in the classroom. Dr. Stevenson has served for thirty years as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country. He is an expert on African-American psychology, family and parental engagement, effects of at-risk neighborhoods on youth, violence prevention, racial rejection, racial/ethnic socialization, bullying and community leadership development. Stevenson directs Penn GSE’s Racial Empowerment Collaborative.