Tiffany Townsend

Tiffany G. Townsend, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Georgetown University Medical School
Department of Psychiatry

Senior Director, Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington DC 20002
                                        (202) 336-6035

Research Interests

HIV Prevention Interventions among African American Adolescent Girls 
Community Based Participatory Research.
Impact of Identity Processes on the Development of Health/Mental Health Outcomes among Adolescent Populations.

Research Summary

Dr. Townsend’s work involves the implementation of community based research and prevention programs to decrease health and mental health disparities among ethnic minority women, children, and families. She has received most of her funding to support HIV prevention research among youth populations of color.

In particular, she served as the PI on three federally funded grants and the co-investigator on two others, totaling over $5,000,000. Her most recent NINR funded project entitled Aza Sisters: An HIV Prevention Program for African American Girls was designed to develop an HIV prevention intervention that can empower African American girls who may have experienced some form of child sexual abuse or interpersonal trauma.

Currently, Dr. Townsend serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Black Psychology and on the Editorial Board for the Psychology of Women Quarterly. In addition, she has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for over 12 other academic journals and has authored or co-authored numerous peered reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Representative Publications
  • Wallace, S.A., Townsend, T.G., Ojie, M.J., & Gaslow, Y. (2011). Gold diggers, video vixens and jezebels: Stereotype images and substance use among urban African American girls. Journal of Women’s Health, 20, 1315-1324.
  • Wallace, S. A., McLellan-Lemal, E, Harris, M.J. Townsend, T.G., & Miller, K.S. (2011).Attitudes towards HIV testing among low-income young adult heterosexual African Americans. Health Education and Behavior, 38(5) 462–470.
  • Townsend, T.G., Thomas, A.J., Neilands, T.B., & Jackson, T.R. (2010). I’m no jezebel; I’m young, gifted and Black: Identity, Sexuality and Black Girls. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 273-285.
  • Neblett, E.W., Jr., Hammond, W.P., Seaton, E.K., & Townsend, T.G. (2010). Underlying mechanisms in the relationship between Africentric worldview and depressive symptoms. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 57 (1), 105-113.
  • Townsend, T.G. & Belgrave, F.Z. (2009). Eliminating health disparities: Challenges for African American psychologists. Journal of Black Psychology, 35(2), 146-153.
  • Nasim, A., Belgrave, F. Z., Corona, R., & Townsend, T. G. (2009). Predictors of alcohol and tobacco refusal efficacy among rural and urban African American adolescents. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 18(2), 221-242.
  • Townsend, T.G. (2008). Protecting our daughters: Intersection of race, class and gender in African American mothers' socialization of their daughters' heterosexuality. Sex Roles, 59(5-6), 429-442.
  • Townsend, T.G., Lanier Batts, A. & Hawkins, S.R. (2007). Stress and stress reduction among African American women: A brief report. Journal of Primary Prevention, 28(6), 569-582.
  • Townsend, T.G. & Lanphier, E. R. (2007). Family Influences on Racial Identity among African American youth. Journal of Black Psychology, 33(3), 278-298.