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Black Women’s Spirituality Research Team

Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD
Tina Armstrong, PhD
Jenny Pak, PhD

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

The Black Women’s Spirituality Research Team is about creating a space that honors the experiences of Black women and that engages in research from an embodied culturally congruent approach for both the researchers and the participants.

Vision

Our vision is to enhance the quality of life for Black women in our seminary, our state, our nation, and our world!

Values

  • Citizen Scholar
  • Embodied Spirituality
  • Research as Resistance
  • Emergent Strategy
  • Radical Community & Self-Care
  • Centering the Black Experience
  • Accessible Research

PROJECT

Superwoman Schema– Seanita Scott, M.A.

  • Explores how has/does the Superwoman Schema impact the life, work, and wellbeing of Black women Christian leaders.

PROJECT

Phenomenal 7 Study

In 2017, seven Black women graduated with their doctoral degrees from a PWI, Christian institution. This study seeks to understand these women's experiences and the institutional impact on their journey.  This study provides an opportunity to inform the practices and systems within such institutions to support and encourage the success of Black women in higher education.

PROJECT

Latina Spiritualities as Protective Factors within Higher Education – Jordan E. Lara, M.A.

This study examines the impact of Latinas indigenous spiritual roots as a source of strength, encouragement, and support in navigating higher education.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  1. Armstrong, T., Wangugi, A., Scott, S.N. (2022). Unpacking of a legacy: Womanist theology and clinical implications. Journal of Psychology and Theology. https://doi.org/10.1177/00916471211071060
  2. Black women flourishing: The making of a model. Fuller Missiology Lectures 2021 - Dr. Tina Armstrong
  3. Armstrong, T. R. (2021). Considerations in culturally modifying psychotherapy. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 40(3), 258-262
  4. Integration Symposium Lectures 2020
    • Response | Seanita Scott on the Black Superwoman and Self-Definition
      https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/response-seanita-scott-on-the-black-superwoman-and-self-definition/
    • Response | Dr. Tina Armstrong on Reclaiming Contemplative Practices
      https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/response-tina-armstrong-on-reclaiming-contemplative-practices/

People

Faculty

Alexis Abernethy

Alexis D. Abernethy

Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity

Professor of Psychology

BS, HOWARD UNIVERSITY
MA, PHD, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY
Tina Armstrong

Tina Armstrong

Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

BA IN THEATER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES
EDM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY, HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, CAMBRIDGE, MA
MA IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PASADENA, CA
MA IN THEOLOGY, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PASADENA, CA
PHD IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PASADENA, CA
JennyPak

Jenny Pak

Associate Professor of Psychology

BA, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
MA, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
PHD, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Brenda Bertrand speaking at a podium

Brenda Bertrand 

Fuller Chaplain and collaborator

Students

Anne Wanguti

Anne Wangugi

Anne Wangugi is a third-year Ph.D. student interested in the effects of trauma. My current research focuses on examining the impact of early childhood trauma exposure on PTSD in adult life, and whether spirituality can be a protective factor for cross-cultural ministry workers employed in a non-profit organization. I am also interested in the mental health of African American women, especially in Academia.

Rachel Kolade

Rachel Kolade

Rachel Kolade, M.A., is pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is passionate about the wellbeing of Black women across the diaspora. She is involved in research that explores the protective factors needed for Black women to thrive within religious institutions.

Dinisha Mingo

Dinisha Mingo

Dinisha Mingo is a first-year Ph.D. student. Her clinical interests include mental health in the black church, incorporating developmental psychology and mental health in church teachings, motivation and confidence building and neuropsychology.

Jordan Rollerson

Jordan Rollerson

Jordan Rollerson is pursuing a PsyD. in Clinical Psychology and is deeply passionate about the accessibility of mental health and wellness of and for African Americans. His research interest includes examining the relationship between masculine identity and emotional regulation of minority adolescents in marginalized communities.

Jordan Lara

Jordan Lara

Jordan Lara, M.A., is a third-year PsyD student. Her Mexican heritage and cross-cultural experiences abroad has furthered her passions in bridging the gap between Latinx and United States cultures. Her dissertation work centers on the Latina experience in higher education, highlighting spirituality as a protective factor. She is especially interested in the dynamics of privilege, immigration, and therapy conducted in Spanish.

Seanita Scott

Seanita Scott

Seanita Scott, M.A., is a fifth year PsyD student. She’s deeply passionate about the mental health and wellness of African American women. Her research explores the impact of the Superwoman Schema and Performance Based Identity among Black women in Christian leadership.

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Contact Us
Staff

Jim Cummings, MDiv, MA
Research Administrator
jamescummings2@fuller.edu

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8 am–5 pm

Address

Room 326
180 N. Oakland Ave

Pasadena, CA 91182