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Faheemah N. Mustafaa

Assistant Professor

Faheemah N. Mustafaa


Ph.D. Combined Program in Education and Psychology
University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, MI

M.S. Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

M.A. Higher and Postsecondary Education, Public Policy concentration
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.S. Biobehavioral Health, cum laude; Psychology minor
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Research Interests

  • Teacher identity, beliefs, and perceptions
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Race/ethnicity, gender, and schooling
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Evaluation and intervention research 
  • Equity in K-12 and higher education


Refereed Publications

Williams, K.L., Mustafaa, F.N., & Burt. B. (2019). 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100362

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 Adolescence, 1-23.

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 Adolescence, 1-17.

Non-Refereed Publications

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 Association.

*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 cultural contexts.

Mustafaa, F. N. (2013, November 26). Pursuing racial equity in evaluation practice. Invited guest post to the American Evaluation Association’s blog, AEA365.

Manuscripts in Review

Mustafaa, F.N. & Guzman, L. Black educators’ multicultural education training and race-related beliefs and practices.

Mustafaa, F.N. Beneath the Skin: Applying a Psychological Racial Identity Theory to Reveal Diversity in Black Educators’ Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

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., 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 Identity (MIBI).

Selected Presentations

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, CA.

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 Hill, NC.

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 Orleans, LA.

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, Atlanta, GA.

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 funding

Best Social Science Presentation Award, for “Capturing the Impact of African-Centered Education on Holistic Youth Development,” Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association Conference

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 Development

Professional Affiliations

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)

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