Dr. Antoinette Wilson
Dr. Antoinette WilsonAssistant Professor of PsychologySocial Sciences
BiographyDr. Wilson is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research explores how racial typicality affects in-group belonging and discrimination among African American youth. Specifically, Dr. Wilson examines how stereotypes of one's behavior (e.g., "acting White" accusations) and appearance (e.g., colorism) affect judgments of peers and racial identity. She has a special interest in how portrayals of African Americans in the media may perpetuate stereotypes and ideas of group typicality. Dr. Wilson teaches various courses including Human Growth and Development, Child Psychology, and Research Methods in Psychology.
Ph.D. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
PSY 2310 Human Growth and Development
PSY 3303 Child Psychology
PSY 3309 Adult Psychology
PSY 3320 Research Methods in Psychology
Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Critical Race Studies at UHD. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Wilson's dissertation, "How African American male typicality affects in-group belonging and stereotyping: A cross-sectional analysis", investigated causes and effects of intra-group discrimination among adolescents and emerging adults. The focus of her broader research program centers on issues of culture, identity, and media influences from childhood through early adulthood. Much of her research and teaching centers on the psychological development of children and youth, which qualifies her to teach courses such as Human Growth and Development (PSYC 2310), Child Psychology (PSYC 3303), Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 3305). Dr. Wilson's program of research includes 1) investigating judgments of racial-ethnic authenticity among youth, 2) exploring the intersection of racial-ethnic identity and discrimination, and 3) designing interventions to decrease bias and prejudice. Dr. Wilson takes a mixed-methods approach in her research, which includes a combination of survey, qualitative, and experimental methods. Dr. Wilson's active research agenda and multi-method training qualify her to teach Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 3320).
2018 - Present: Assistant Professor of Psychology at UHD
2016 - 2018: Lecturer of Psychology at UHD
2013 - 2016: Instructor of Psychology at California State University, Monterey Bay and University of California, Santa Cruz
2014: Teaching Fellow at University of California, Santa Cruz in Education Department's Master's Program
2010 - 2016: Teaching Assistant in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Wilson, A.R. & Leaper, C. (2015). Bridging multidimensional models of ethnic-racial and gender identity among ethnically diverse emerging adults. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-24. doi: 10.1007/s10964-015-0323-z.
Cooper, C. R., Gonzalez, E., & Wilson, A. R. (2015). Identities, cultures, and schooling: How students navigate racial-ethnic, Indigenous, immigrant, social class, and gender identities on their pathways through school. In K.C. McLean and M. Syed (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Identity Development. (pp. 299-318). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Cooper, C. R., Cooper, R., Trinh, N., Wilson, A. R., & Gonzalez, E. (2012). Bridging multiple worlds: Helping immigrant youth from Africa, Asia, and Latin America on their pathways to college identities. In E.L. Grigorenko (Ed.), Handbook of U.S. Immigration and Education. (pp. 301-322). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.