Shani Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


B.A., Psychology, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 1997
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2000
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Emphasis, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2003
Postdoctoral Fellowship, W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2003-2005
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow
, Emory University School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Science & Health Education, 2005-2007

Research Statement

As a FIRST fellow, I worked with Gina Wingood, Ph.D. on two NIH-funded research projects related to HIV prevention in African-American girls and women. The first, the National Survey on HIV Risk for African-American women, is a 5-year national, longitudinal study designed to examine gendered factors associated with HIV risk in African-American women; and the second, STARS: Sisters Talking About Real Solutions, is a study designed to evaluate the efficacy of relapse prevention components in a sexual risk reduction condition in comparison to an HIV education condition.

I am involved in additional research activities that include: the completion of the evaluation and dissemination phase of a media-based sexual risk intervention program that I developed for middle-school girls in inner-city Baltimore; working on manuscripts related to discrimination with the Center for Health Disparities Solutions at Johns Hopkins University; and disseminating findings from a study on the impact of sexual stereotypes of sexual risk taking in young adult women.


Recent Publications

Peterson, S.H., Wingood, G.M., Diclemente, R.J., Harrington, K., Davies, S. (2007) Images of sexual stereotypes in rap videos and the health of african american female adolescents. J Womens Health (Larchmt), 16:1157-64.

Peterson, S.H. (2006) The importance of fathers: sexual risk taking in “low-risk” African-American adolescent girls. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 13:67-83.

Peterson, S.H. and Kelly, D. (2006) A community-based participatory approach to assess the context of sexual risk taking in urban, African-American girls. International Journal of Urban Health, 82 (4S), v36. Abstract.

Edwards, C.L., Scales, M.T., Loughlin, C., Bennett, G.G., Harris-Peterson, S., De Castro, L.M., Whitworth, E., Abrams, M., Feliu, M., Johnson, S., Wood, M., Harrison, O., Killough, A. (2005) A brief review of the pathophysiology, associated pain, and psychosocial issues in sickle cell disease. Int J Behav Med. 12:171-9. Review.

Edwards, C.L., Scales, M., Bennett, G., Harris, S., Whitworth, E., DeCastro, L., Abrams, M., Whitworth, S., Chadwick-Whitfield, D. & Killough, A. (2000). Sickle Cell Disease pain and psychosocial functioning. Proceedings of the 28th SCDAA annual A Focused Future: Care and Cure in the 21st Century Interactive Conference, 34-38.

Harris, S. (1996). Visitor Behavior in the Masai-Mara at ZooAtlanta. Proceedings of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Asheville, NC.


Spelman College
Department of Psychology
Giles Hall, Room 209
Atlanta, GA

Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Physiology
Atlanta, GA 30322-3110
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