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Associate Professor. Psychologist. Speaker. Consultant.





Dr. Charity Brown Griffin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Winston-Salem State University and the Director of the Minority Academic Achievement and Development (MAAD) Lab. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a M.A. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. After completing her graduate training, Dr. Griffin served children and families through her practice in K-12 public schools as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is also Licensed as a Psychologist by the North Carolina Psychology Board specializing in psychoeducational assessments and educational intervention plans.

Dr. Griffin’s research program examines cultural and contextual factors that contribute to Black youths’ development. Her work integrates principles from multiple disciplines (school psychology; developmental psychology; education) to elucidate how Black youths’ experiences with race-related processes in schools and communities, influence educational and psychological outcomes. Her research on topics, including racial identity, racial socialization, racial discrimination, school racial climate, race-related stress and trauma, school engagement and youth participatory action research, has been published in popular media outlets such as Successful Black Parenting Magazine and PBS Kids, and peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of School Psychology, Psychology in the Schools, Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Applied School Psychology, Sex Roles and others. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work including the American Educational Research Association-Society for Research in Child Development Fellowship in Middle Childhood Education and Development. Dr. Griffin has also served as an advisor and consultant for local and national organizations, programs and media outlets.

Dr. Griffin has been been married to her life partner, Maurice Griffin, for 9 years. Together, they parent their 3 children - ages 5 years old, 4 years old and 1 year-old - and their Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix, Simba. 

Education + Training.

B.A. | Psychology

Highest Distinction &

Highest Honors


M.A. | School Psychology

Ph.D. | School Psychology

(NASP Approved and APA-Accredited Program)


GCS Psychological Services 

Predoctoral Internship Training Program 

(APA Accredited)


Postdoctoral Training



305 Coltrane Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27110






For inquiries about psychological services: 

P.O. Box 604 

Kernersville, NC 27285



Email: charitybrowngriffin@gmail.com

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In RIGGED, a full-length, award-winning documentary that examines social and economic inequity in U.S. higher education, Dr. Griffin discusses her experiences as an HBCU professor and her community engaged research.

For me, it's about centering the perspective of people that are not invited to these conversations... Dr. Charity Brown Griffin