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photograph of Stacie Craft DeFreitasStacie Craft DeFreitas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Chair, Social Science Department
Office: North 1009 F


Duke University, Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, M.A., Clinical Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Psychology


Dr. DeFreitas has been teaching at UHD since Fall 2009 after working for two years as a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is now the assistant chair of the Department of Social Sciences and teaches many courses including Abnormal psychology, African American Issues in psychology, Introduction to psychology, and Introduction to Clinical psychology.

Scholarly Interests

Currently, Dr. DeFreitas’ primary research interests are concerning the academic and mental health development of youth, particularly urban, ethnic minority youth. She is conducting research examining mentoring relationships, faculty-student interactions, and the influence of educational environment on students.

Selected Activities

Trevino, N. & DeFreitas, S. C. (2014). The relationship between intrinsic motivation and academic achievement for first generation Latino college students. Social Psychology of Education. doi: 10.1007/s11218-013-9245-3.

DeFreitas, S. C. & Rinn, A. (2013). Academic achievement of first generation college students: The role of academic self-concept. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 13(1), 57-67.

DeFreitas, S. C. (2012). Differences between African American and European American first-year college students in the relationship between self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and academic achievement. Social Psychology of Education, 15(1), 109-123. doi:10.1007/s11218-011-9172-0

DeFreitas, S. C. & Bravo, A. (2012). The influence of involvement with faculty and mentoring on the self-efficacy and academic achievement of African American and Latino college students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(4), 1-11.

Stewart, C., Moore, T., Crone, T. S. & DeFreitas, S. C. & Rhatigan, D. (2012). Who gets blamed for intimate partner violence? The relative contributions of perpetrator sex category, victim confrontation, and observer attitudes. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 27(18), 3739 – 3754. doi:10.1177/0886260512447571

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