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Tabbye M. Chavous

Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity; Associate Vice President for Research; By Courtesy Professor, Marsal Family School of Education


(734) 764-6497


Room 3338
Mailbox 4215/4218
610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

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.