Shakiera Tatianna Causey,PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University’s School of Medicine and Global Health Institute. She earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also completed a Predoctoral Internship in the Substance Abuse Treatment and Intervention Program Division of the Global Gender Center at RTI International.  Before joining the HIV & Addictions Research Program (HARP), she was an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at both North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University.

Shakiera’s interests include how promotive factors of racial socialization, racial-ethnic identity and coping in families of color are linked to experiences of discrimination and how resilience manifests in the face of discrimination. She is particularly interested in how these factors predict resilience, health outcomes, and inform policy. Community engagement and philanthropy are fundamental to my work.


My primary goal is to equip organizations, individuals and community groups with resources and tools to aide in their ability to discuss and address race matters, effectively identify

race-related stressors, and understand the impact of race-based trauma on lifespan development and community health among communities of color.



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