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Cecily Hardaway Ph.D.

Cecily Hardaway, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

African American and Africana Studies
1133 Taliaferro
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-1158


  1. Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2009
  2. B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2002


Dr. Hardaway’s program of research centers on understanding how socioeconomic status influences child development and family processes. Her work examines links between poverty-related risks (e.g., exposure to community violence and material hardship) and adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment and academic achievement. Dr. Hardaway’s research also focuses on understanding SES as a source of within-group variability among African Americans. She uses intersectionality as a conceptual tool to help illuminate how racism and economic disadvantage affect African Americans across classes. Her work has been published in psychology, family studies, and child/adolescent development journals, including the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Psychology of Violence.