Hostos Community College
About the Creator
Dr. Eugena Griffin received a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in the field of General Psychology from Morgan State University (MSU) in 2001. During her tenure at MSU, Dr. Griffin began her interests in minority health research. Specifically, she began studying the effects of racism on physiological outcomes, including galvanic skin responses, heart rate, and blood pressure among Black college students. As a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2002, Dr. Griffin expanded her research interest and began studying coping typologies in response to racial stress among Black adults. In 2008, she received the Ph.D. degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from USC.
Since 2003, Dr. Griffin sought and obtained research grants to examine the impact of racial oppression on coping typologies and mental and physical health outcomes among minority populations. To date, Dr. Griffin’s research findings suggest that coping typologies differ according to the location and situation, indicating that Blacks have the ability to adapt and utilize higher cognitive processes such as problem solving strategies to combat the stress of racism in America. Dr. Griffin attends both national and regional conferences to present her research. Additionally, her research interests and findings have shaped the foundation for the books she has authored and lectures given which educate persons about the rationale for maladaptive psychosocial symptoms displayed within the Black Community.
As of January 2015, she holds a full-time Assistant Professor of Psychology position at Hostos Community College, CUNY, where she continues to provide instruction and mentorship to a diverse undergraduate student population.