Anita M. Wells
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
M.A. Psychology, Wesleyan University
B.A. African American Studies, Yale University
Dr. Wells is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Morgan State University where she serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs in Psychometrics and a voting member of the Graduate Council of the University. She was selected in 2013 to be a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the National Science Foundation Opportunities for Underrepresented Scholars (NSF/OURS) Academic Leadership Certificate Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC. Dr. Wells earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed the majority of her clinical training with the Department of Veterans Affairs including an internship at Hines VA Hospital in Illinois. She completed post-doctoral training with the Kellogg Health Scholars Program Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities at Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wells also holds a Masters in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Bachelors degree in African American studies from Yale University.
Her current research focuses on social psychological factors associated with academic performance, with a particular emphasis on social determinants of well being and the impact of trauma and violence on student learning. She also examines the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on psychosocial sustainability in veterans and their families. Dr. Wells’ work includes the development of avenues to increase higher education outreach to veterans, military service members and their families. She has received awards for her scholarship including the National Institutes of Health Health Disparities Fellowship, and the Health Disparities Research Award from Morgan State University.
She views her work in academia as three-fold: (1) to make a positive impact on her professional, lay and university communities through leadership and service; (2) to contribute to the advancement of science and policy through conducting, disseminating, and translating research into information for use by researchers, consumers, and policy makers; and (3) to educate students about the science and practice of psychology and its role in interdisciplinary research. She provides academic advising for all graduate students in the Psychometrics program and has made mentoring both graduate students and undergraduate psychology majors a priority in her academic practice. Dr. Wells is an active member of the American Psychological Association.
Areas of Specialization: professional and career development for graduate and undergraduate students, social determinants of health and well-being, trauma and violence, psychosocial factors affecting academic performance, graduate research training
Courses Taught: Graduate Level - Foundations of Measurement and Assessment, Pro-Seminar in Measurement and Policy, Master's Thesis Seminar and Dissertation Seminar; Undergraduate Level - Psychological Counseling, Abnormal Psychology.