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.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 1999
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 1996
B.A. with Honors, Psychology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- FMSC 330 - Family Theories & Patterns
- FMSC 420 - African American Families
- FMSC 606 - Ethnic Families & Health Disparities
Honors, Awards, & Recognitions
- Recipient, Doris W. Sands Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland 2017
- Recipient, Jerry P. Wrenn Outstanding Service Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2016
- Recipient, Faculty Minority Achievement Award, President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues, University of Maryland, 2016
- Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 43: Society of Family Psychology, 2015
- Rosa Parks Labor of Love Award, Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland, 2015
- 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
Professional Service (Selected)
- Chair, Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development (2017-2021)
- Ad-hoc Panelist, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) Program, Directorate for Social and Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), National Science Foundation (2016)
- Panelist, Research Experience for Undergraduates, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), National Science Foundation (2016)
Smith-Bynum, M. A. (Ed.). (2018). Families in daily life: Macro and micro perspectives. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Press.
Davis Tribble, B. L., Allen, S. H., Hart, J. R., Francois, T. S., & Smith-Bynum, M. A. (2019). “No [right] way to be a Black woman”: Exploring gendered racial socialization among Black women. Psychology of Women Quarterly. doi:10.1177/0361684318825439
Hart, J. R., Coates, E. & Smith-Bynum, M. A. (2019). Parenting style and mother-adolescent relationship quality in African American mother-adolescent dyads. Parenting: Science and Practice
Chae, D. H., Powell, W. A., Nuru-Jeter, A., Smith-Bynum, M. A., Forman, T., & Sellers, R. M. (2017). The role of racial identity and implicit racial bias in self-reported racial discrimination: Implications for depression among African American Men. Journal of Black Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0095798417690055
Davis, B. L., Smith-Bynum, M. A., Saleem, F. T., Francois, T, & Lambert, S. F. (2016). Racial socialization, private regard, and behavior problems in African American youth: Global self-esteem as a mediator. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0601-8
Franco, M., & Smith-Bynum, M. (2016). The relationship between racial identity and perceived significance of the election of President Barack Obama among African American mothers. Identity, 16, 182-189. doi: 10.1080/15283488.2016.1190728
Smith-Bynum, M. A., Anderson, R. E., Davis, B. L., Franco, M. G., & English, D. (2016). Racial socialization and maternal positive emotion in African American mother-adolescent discussions about racial discrimination. Child Development, 87, 1926-1939. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12562
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: http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/fam0000135
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.
Bynum, M.S., Best, C., Barnes, S.L. et al. (2008). Private regard, identity protection and perceived racism among African American males. Journal of African American Studies, 12, 142-155. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12111-008-9038-5
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X07311951
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1099-9809.13.1.64
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-006-9035-z
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0197-6664.2005.00006.x
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.