Scyatta Wallace

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Fordham University, Applied Developmental PsychologyM.A. Fordham University, Applied Developmental PsychologyB.A. Yale University, Psychology


Areas of Specialization
Dr. Wallace’s research focuses on examining contextual and socio-cultural influences associated with HIV risk among Black adolescents and young adults.  Her work has a strong focus on community-based participatory research (CBPR) and youth engagement. In addition, she is interested in the promotion of community consultation as a tool for addressing ethical concerns in behavioral and mental health research with vulnerable populations.  Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative method and community based participatory research (CBPR). 

Dr. Wallace received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University and her BA in Psychology from Yale University.  Dr. Wallace also completed a two year post doctoral research fellowship at the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Wallace has served as a principal investigator on several federally funded (including NIH and CDC) mixed methods studies. She has developed interactive health education programs for youth; including her work with BET and is involved in several projects evaluating community-based services provided to at risk youth. 

Dr. Wallace has served in numerous leadership positions.  She is an advisory board member and faculty for the NIDA funded Fordham University Summer Research Ethics Training Institute and an Associate Editor for the scientific journal, Behavioral Medicine.  Dr. Wallace has received many honors/awards including an early career award from APA Div 35 Psychology of Women and the Faculty Excellence Award for leadership, mentoring and research from St. John’s University Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA).  Dr. Wallace is an active volunteer in her community and on the board of several youth serving organizations.

To learn more about Dr. Wallace and her work visit her research lab website

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

Wallace, S.A., Sanders Phillips, K., Neilands, T. (2017).  Neighborhood Context, Psychological Outlook and Sexual Risk among urban African American youth.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23 (1), 59-69.

Wallace, S.A., Strike, S.K., Glasgow, Y.M., Lynch, K., Fullilove, R.E. (2016). 

‘Other than that, I’m good:  Formerly incarcerated young Black men’s self-perceptions of health. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27 (2), 163-180.

Wallace, S.A., Hooper, L. Persad, M. (2014). Brothers, Sisters and Fictive Kin:  Communication about sex among urban Black siblings. Youth and Society, 46 (5), 688-705.

Wallace, S.A., Townsend, T., Glasgow, Y.M., Ojie, M. J. (2011) Gold diggers, video vixens and jezebels:  Stereotype images and substance use among urban African American girls.  Journal of Women’s Health, 20 (9) 1315-1324.

Wallace, S.A., McLellan-Lemal, E., Harris, M., Townsend, T., Miller, K.S. (2011).  Why Take an HIV Test?  Concerns, Benefits and Strategies to Promote HIV testing among low-income heterosexual African American young adults.  Health Education and Behavior, 38 (5), 462-470.

Wallace, S.A., Miller, K.S., Forehand, R. (2008).   Perceived peer norms and sexual intentions  among African American pre-adolescents. AIDS Education and Prevention, 20(4), 360-369.

Wallace, S.A., & Fisher, C. B. (2007).  Substance use attitudes among urban Black adolescents:  The role of parent, peer, and cultural factors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36 (4), 441-451.

Caldwell, M., Miller-Brotman, L., Coard, S.C., Wallace, S.A., Stellabotte, D. & Calzada, E.J. (2005).   Community involvement in adapting and testing a prevention program for preschoolers living in urban communities:  ParentCorps.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14 (3), 373-386.  

Coard, S. C., Wallace, S.A., Stevenson, H.C., & Miller-Brotman, L. (2004).  Towards culturally relevant preventive interventions:  Use of racial socialization in parent training with African American families.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 13 (2), 249-265.

Murry, V.M., Kotchick, B., Wallace, S.A., Ketchen, B., Eddings, K., Heller, L.,  & Collier, I. (2004).  Race, culture, and ethnicity:  Implications for a community intervention. Journal of Child and Family Studies 13 (1), 81-99.

Kuthar, T., & Wallace, S.A. (2003). Community violence and sociomoral development: An African American cultural perspective.   American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73 (2), 177-189.

Fisher, C., Wallace, S.A., Fenton, R.E. (2000). Discrimination distress during adolescence.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 29 (6), 679-695.

Fisher, C., & Wallace, S.A. (2000). Through the community looking glass:  Re-evaluating the ethical & policy implications of research on adolescent risk and psychopathology. Ethics & Behavior, 10 (2), 99-118. 

Selected Book Chapters & Invited papers

Wallace, S.A., & Wilchins, R. (2013, May).  Gender Norms:  A key to improving

health and wellness among Black women and girls.  Report commissioned by Heinz Endowments.

Wallace, S.A., Eliason, R., Walker, A., Rhindress, K. (2013) Urban Learners

At-Risk: Consideration of Context When Counseling NYC Adolescents.  In C.D. Yawn & F. Obiakor (Eds).  Urban Special Education: The New York Experience. Kendall Hunt Publishing. 

Wallace, S.A. & Ojie, M.J. (2009). Project SMART (Supporting Minority Adolescent Research Training):  A needs assessment to inform a behaviorally focused health disparities research program for racial and ethnic minority high school students.   Communique Special Issue: Psychological and behavioral perspectives on Health Disparities.   Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Wallace, S.A. (2005).  Addressing health disparities through relational ethics: An approach to increasing African American participation in biomedical and health research.  In.  J. E. Trimble & C. B. Fisher (Eds.), Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Wallace, S.A. (2003).  Reflections of surviving graduate school: Hard times traveling on the D train day to day, dreaming of life as a Ph.D.  In V. L. Farmer (Ed.), The Black Students Guide to Graduate and Professional Schools.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood Publishing.