Ph.D. Combined Program in Education and
Psychology, May 2016
University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, MI
M.S. Psychology, May 2013
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.A. Higher and Postsecondary Education, Public
Policy concentration, May 2010
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S. Biobehavioral Health, cum laude;
Psychology minor, May 2005
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Teacher identity, beliefs, and perceptions
Race/ethnicity, gender, and schooling
Quantitative and qualitative methods
Evaluation and intervention research
Equity in K-12 and higher education
Williams, K.L., Mustafaa, F.N., & Burt. B. (forthcoming). Black
males and early math achievement: An examination of students’
strengths and role strain with policy implications. Journal of
Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.
Sealy-Jefferson, S., Mustafaa, F.N., & Misra, D. (2019).
Early-life neighborhood context, perceived stress, and preterm
birth in African Americans. SSM- Population Health, 7, 1-6.
McGee, E.O., Houston, II, S. L., Mustafaa, F.N., Botchway, P., &
Naphan, D.E. (2019). Turned off from an academic career:
Engineering and computing doctoral students and postdoctoral
researchers and the reasons for their dissuasion. International
Journal of Doctoral Studies, 14, 277-305. https://doi.org/10.28945/4250
Carter, R., Mustafaa, F. N., Leath, S., & Butler-Barnes, S.
(2018). Teachers’ academic and behavioral expectations and girls’
pubertal development: Does the classroom learning environment
matter? Social Psychology of Education, 21(4), 973-1000.
Sealy-Jefferson, S., Roseland, M., Cote, M.L., Lehman, A. M.,
Whitsel, E.A., Mustafaa, F.N., Booza, J., & Simon, M.S. (2018).
Rural-urban residence and stage at breast cancer diagnosis among
postmenopausal women: The Women’s Health Initiative. Journal of
Women’s Health. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6884
Mustafaa, F. N, Lozada, F., Channey, J., Skoog-Hoffman, A., &
Jagers, R. J. (2017). Middle school students’ perceptions of
teacher support, teaching practices, and school engagement: An
examination of the Developmental Designs approach. Middle Grades
Research Journal, 11(2), 83-98.
Carter, R., Mustafaa, F. N., & Leath, S. (2017). Teachers’
expectations of girls’ classroom performance and behavior:
Effects of girls’ race and pubertal timing. Journal of Early
Richardson, B. L., Macon, T. A., Mustafaa, F. N., Bogan, E. D.,
Cole-Lewis, Y., & Chavous, T. M. (2014). Associations of racial
discrimination and parental discrimination coping messages with
African American adolescent racial identity. Journal of Youth and
Taylor, A.N., Mustafaa, F.N., Christensen, C. (2017). Diversity
within diversity: The varied experiences of Asian and Asian
American law students. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center
for Postsecondary Research.
Jagers, R., Mustafaa, F. N., & Noel, B. (2017). Cultural
integrity and African American empowerment: Insights and
practical implications for community psychology. Invited chapter
in M.A. Bond, C.B. Keys & I. Serrano-Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of
community psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological
*Chavous, T., Drotar, S., Fonseca-Bolorin, G., Leath, S., F.,
Lyons, D., & Mustafaa, F. (2016). Identity, motivation, and
resilience: The example of Black college students in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics. Invited chapter in J.
DeCuir-Gunby and P. Schutz (Eds.) Researching race and
ethnicity in the study of learning and motivation in social and
Mustafaa, F. N. (2013, November 26). Pursuing racial equity in
evaluation practice. Invited guest post to the American
Evaluation Association’s blog, AEA365.
Manuscript in Review
Cole-Lewis, Y., Hope, E., Mustafaa, F.N., & Jagers, R.J. (under
review) Incongruent impressions: Teacher, parent, and student
perceptions of two Black boys’ school experiences.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Mustafaa, F.N. Beneath the skin: A psychological,
sociodemographic approach to revealing diversity in Black K-12
educators’ culturally relevant pedagogy dispositions.
Mustafaa, F.N., Guzman, L., & Alhassan, N. Black educators’
multicultural education training and race-related beliefs and
Mustafaa, F.N., Richardson, B., L., Anyiwo, N., Johnson, N.,
Channey, J., Chavous, T.M., & Sellers, R.M. A comprehensive
review of research using the Multidimensional Model of Racial
Identity (MMRI) and the Multidimensional Inventory of Black
Houston, II, S. L., McGee, E.O., Mustafaa, F.N, & Hearne, B.N.
(under revision). Engineering the thermostat: Examining factors
that warm up and cool out doctoral students’ faculty aspirations.
Mustafaa, F. N. (2019, February; panelist). You can’t capture
what you can’t see: Prioritizing researcher positionality in
equity-focused educational research. Hewlett Foundation Grantee
Convening, Savannah, GA.
Mustafaa, F. N. (2019, February). The National Survey of Black
Teachers: A multidisciplinary survey research study to
understand, train, and retain a diverse teacher pool. University
of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education, Berkeley,
Okonofua, J.A. & Mustafaa, F. N. (2018, November). The role of
empathic mindsets in decreasing racial discipline disparities.
Minority Student Achievement Network, Governing Board of
Superintendents Convening, Chicago, IL.
Mustafaa, F. N. (2017, April). Beneath the skin: Black K-12
educators’ racial identities, sociodemographics, and culturally
relevant pedagogy dispositions. Roundtable paper presentation at
the annual meeting of the American Educational Research
Association, San Antonio, TX.
Williams, K.L., Mustafaa, F.N., & Saunders, K. (2016, October).
Expanding STEM pathways for young Black males. Paper Presentation
at 5th Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in
Education, Hamilton, Bermuda.
Mustafaa, F.N., Richardson, B., L., Anyiwo, N., Johnson, N., &
Chavous, T.M. (2016, July). A comprehensive review of research
using the MMRI and the MIBI. Paper presentation at the Biannual
APA Division 45 conference, Palo Alto, CA.
Mustafaa, F. N., Davis, N. R., Jagers, R. J., & Alston, M. (2014,
November). A university- school partnership examining global
citizenship in a K-8 Detroit school: Vision to praxis. Paper
presentation at the International Conference on Urban Education,
Montego Bay, JA.
Mustafaa, F. N., Smith, C., Hope, E., & Moore, S. (2013, June).
Integrating sociopolitical development into social and emotional
learning interventions. Paper presentation at the Society for
Community Research and Action’s Biennial conference, Miami, FL.
Hope, E., Moore, S., & Mustafaa, F. N. (2013, June).
University-community partnerships for social change: Creating and
teaching an experiential learning course on your campus. Workshop
presentation at the Society for Community Research and Action’s
Biennial conference, Miami, FL.
Mustafaa, F. N. (2013, June). Developing the “Whole [Black]
Child”: Delineating models of African-centered education. Poster
presented at the Black Graduate Conference in Psychology, Chapel
Mustafaa, F. N. (2012, July). Elder/grandparent care-giving and
its implications for emerging adult development. Poster
presentation at the annual International Congress of Psychology,
Cape Town, S.A.
*Macon, T., Mustafaa, F. N., Osai, E., Richardson, B., &
Williams, A. (2012, February). Peers, teachers, and support: What
matters for academic and social motivation? Poster presented at
the Society for Research in Child Development conference on the
Positive Development of Minority Children, Tampa, FL.
Mustafaa, F. N., Williams, K., & Burt, B. (2011, April). “A
chicken in every pot” and college for every student: Examining
relationships between race, urbanicity, and discrete intervals of
postsecondary training. Roundtable paper presented at the annual
meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New
Mustafaa, F. N., Mesa, V., & Lande, E. (2009, November).
Methodological considerations in assessing the impact of
developmental/remedial math on postsecondary student outcomes.
Symposium presented at the Association for the Study of Higher
Education (ASHE) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.
Bailey, T. C. & Mustafaa, F. N. (2009, October). Engineering
education for the betterment of society: Evaluation of K-12 and
student transition initiatives. Poster presented at the 4th
Annual Research and Scholarship in Engineering symposium at the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Fisher, A., Lee, M., Bailey, T., Masse, J., McGuinness, T., &
Mustafaa, F.N. (2009, June). Improving access and academic
success for underrepresented students. Panel session presented at
the 49th Annual Forum, Association for Institutional Research,
Van Nimwegen, K.L., Petrill, S.A., Deater-Deckard, K., Kochie,
T.M., Markley, S.D., Patel, K.A., Mustafaa, F.N., and Zach, S.
(2003, May). Pre-adoptive environmental influences on outcomes in
adopted children. Poster session presented at the biennial
meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development
Conference, Tampa, FL.
Fellowships and Honors
Rackham Merit Fellowship, Full MA and PhD funding
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Recipient, 3 years of
Best Social Science Presentation Award, for “Capturing the Impact
of African-Centered Education on Holistic Youth Development,”
Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association
Graduate Student Policy Institute Fellow, Association for the
Study of Higher Education
Rookie Teacher of the Year Award, Madison Middle School,
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Penn State University Alumni Association Lifetime Membership
Award, Women’s Leadership Initiative, College of Health and Human
American Educational Research Association
American Evaluation Association
Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and
Race (APA Division 45)