Kalynda Chivon Smith

Assistant Professor of Health Psychology

Kalynda Chivon Smith
Science Building 232
Ph.D.Psychology / Howard University
M.S.Psychology / Howard University
B.A.English / Truman State Univerity
B.A.Psychology / Truman State Univerity


I earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Social Psychology from Howard University and a BA in Psychology and English from Truman State University. Among my many awards, I have co-authored NSF grants, received presentation awards, as well as coveted assistantships. I am currently working on several papers to be published in the fields of psychology and engineering education.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of education and identity development. I am currently a Co-PI on the Iowa State University and North Carolina A&T State University NSF-funded Collaborative Research: An Intersectional Perspective to Studying Microaggressions in Engineering Programs, a Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded 5-yr. longitudinal study, Multiple Consciousnesses: Investigating The Identities (Academic, Gender, Race and Disability) Of Black Women Undergraduate Students In STEM And Their Impact On Persistence with the Howard University Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program, I am an investigator and evaluator on the Hampton-Brandeis Partnership for Research and Education in Materials, and I am the African American Success Foundation 2017 Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient.

Recent Publications

  • Kalynda Smith (2020). (The Exploration of how identity intersectionality strengthens STEM identity for Black female undergraduates attending a historically Black college and university.). In Ivory Tolson, (3) 88, pp. 407-418 ). Journal of Negro Education.
  • Kalynda Smith (2020). (The Impact of communalism, academic identity, and academic emotions on the academic achievement of African American undergraduates). In Ivory Tolson, ). Journal of Negro Education.