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Rashunda L. Stitt Richardson

Position: Assistant Professor Department: Psychological Sciences

Contact Info

Office: Coltrane Hall, Room 307 Phone: 336-750-8804


An educational psychologist trained in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with an interest in the achievement, identity, motivation, & success of women of color in STEM.

An advocate and resource for undergraduate students at Winston-Salem State University.

A career advisor for undergraduate psychology majors.

Educational Background

  • The University of Memphis, Ph.D. Educational Psychology
  • The University of West Florida, M.A. Applied Psychology
  • Howard University, B.S. Psychology

Research and Project Interests

  • Identity Development in Educational Contexts
  • Women and People of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology
  • Academic Motivation

Stitt, R. L. (Principal Investigator). (2020-2023). Broadening participation research center: Center for the development of identity and motivation of African American students in STEM (Award No. 2010846) [Grant]. National Science Foundation. National Science Foundation

Stitt Richardson, R. L., Guy, B. S., & Perkins, K. S. (2019).  “I am committed to engineering”: The role of ego identity and parental support in Black women’s engineering career persistence. Journal of Negro Education, 88(3), 281-296. JSTOR

Stitt, R. L., & Happel-Parkins, A. (2019). “Sounds like something a White man should be doing”: The shared experiences of Black women engineering students. Journal of Negro Education, 88(1), 62-74. JSTOR

Stitt, R. L. (2016). African American women in STEM fields.  In C. Hudley (ed). Adolescent identity and schooling: Diverse perspectives. (pp. 107-122). New York, NY: Routledge.

Stitt, R. L, & Winsor, D. L. (2014). A narrative inquiry: The experience of first-generation college students. In SAGE research methods cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. Sage

Stitt, R. L. (2014).  Identity development.  Identity development across the lifespan: Definitions, theories, and applications.  In D. L. Winsor, V. S. Murrell, & S. Magun-Jackson (eds).  Lifespan development: An educational psychology perspective. New York, NY: Pearson.

Walch, S.E., Sakkaphat, T. N., Francisco, J., Stitt, R. L., & Shingler, K. A. (2012). Psychometric evaluation of the attitudes toward transgender individuals’ scale. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 1283-1291.  SpringerLink