Associate Professor, Family Science
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142W School of Public Health
Phone: 301.405.0299 |
Black Families Research Group
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Contact via email to set up a time unless otherwise listed in Course Syllabus.


CV / Resume
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Mia A. Smith Bynum, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland-College Park. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Smith Bynum is an expert in African American mental health, family interaction and communication in ethnic minority families, parenting, and racial identity. She also has expertise in adolescent mental health, adolescent sexual behavior, and parent-adolescent communication about difficult topics. Dr. Smith Bynum earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in child and family development at the University of Georgia before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University in 2001. In 2008, Dr. Smith Bynum was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences. She joined the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland in 2010 where she is currently Director of the Black Families Research Group. Her research has been supported by external grants from several entities, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her work is published in several professional research journals in psychology and family studies.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 1999

  • FMSC 330 - Family Theories & Patterns
  • FMSC 420 - African American Families
  • FMSC 606 - Ethnic Families & Health Disparities
Honors and Awards

• Recipient, National Research Service Award, NIMH Pre-doctoral Fellowship

• Recipient, Minority Supplement Award, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

• National Institute of Mental Health Travel Award for Early Career Investigators, Child Depression Consortium

• Author of numerous publications including journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations

• Peer reviewer for numerous scholarly journals

• Editorial board member, Journal of Youth and Adolescence

• Member of the Committee on Ethnic and Racial Issues, Society for Research in Child Development


Journal Articles:

Smith-Bynum, M. A., Anderson, R. E., Davis, B. L., Franco, M. G., & English, D. (in press).Racial socialization and maternal positive emotion in African American mother-adolescent discussions about racial discrimination. Child Development.

Henry, J. S., Lambert, S. F., & Bynum, M. S. (2015). The protective role of maternal racial socialization for African American adolescents exposed to community violence. Journal   of Family Psychology, 29, 548-557. doi:

Bynum, M. S., Lambert, S. F., English, D., & Ialongo, N. S. (2014). Associations between trajectories of perceived racial discrimination and psychological symptoms among African American adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1049-1065. doi:10.1017/S0954579414000571.

Lambert, S. F., Bynum, M. S., Herman, K. C., & Ialongo, N. S. (2009). Perceptions of racism and depressive symptoms in African American Adolescents: The role of perceived academic and social control. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 519-531.doi: 10.1007/s10964-009-9393-0

Bynum, M. S., Best, C., Barnes, S. L., & Burton, E. T. (2008). Racism and internalizing symptoms among African American late adolescent males: Investigating the role of private regard. Journal of African American Studies, 12, 142-155.

Usher-Seriki, K. K., Bynum, M. S., & Callands, T. C. (2008). Mother-daughter communication about sex and sexual intercourse among middle- to upper-class African American girls. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 901-917.

Bynum, M. S. (2007). African American mother-daughter communication about sex and daughters’ sexual behavior: Does college racial composition make a difference? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 151-160.

Bynum, M. S., Burton, E. T., & Best, C. (2007). Racism experiences and psychological functioning in African American college freshmen: Is racial socialization a moderator? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 64-71.

Bynum, M. S., & Kotchick, B. A. (2006). Mother-adolescent relationship quality and autonomy as predictors of psychosocial adjustment in African American adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15, 528-541.

Bynum, M. S., & Brody, G. H. (2005). Coping behaviors, parenting, and perceptions of children’s internalizing and externalizing problems in rural African American mothers. Family Relations, 54, 58-71.

Murry, V. M., Bynum, M. S., Brody, G. H., Willert, A., & Stephens, D. (2001). African American single mothers and children in context: A review of studies on risk and resilience. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 4, 133-155.

Sellers, R. M., Smith, M. A., Shelton, J. N., Johnson, S. A. J. & Chavous, T. M. (1998). Multidimensional model of racial identity: A reconceptualization of African American Racial Identity. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2, 18-39.

Sellers, R. M., Chavous, T. M., Rowley, S. A. J., Shelton, J. N., & Smith, M. A. (1997). The Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity: Preliminary investigation of construct validity and reliability. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 805-815.