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Dr. A. Nayena Blankson is a Full Professor at Spelman College. She received her Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the University of Southern California, where she was mentored by the late Dr. John L. Horn, as well as Dr. Rand Wilcox. After her Ph.D., Dr. Blankson was a Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was mentored by Dr. Marion O’Brien.

Dr. Blankson’s research interests straddle both quantitative and developmental psychology. Her developmental research interests include the organization and development of cognitive abilities as it relates to personality, parenting, schooling, and early academic achievement. Her quantitative interests include psychometrics, multivariate methods, moderated mediation, the design of psychological research, and structural equation modeling.

Dr. Blankson is the director of the Cognition and Temperament (CAT) Lab at Spelman (Research funded in part by NIH grant #R15-HD077511 and NSF Award #1832090); She is the lead developer of the College Classroom Observation Scale, with co-authors Francesina Jackson, PhD and Jimmeka Guillory Wright, PhD; She is the Director of the NSF-funded (Award #1852056) INSPIRE U2 summer REU site; and she is co-director of the Spelman RISE Program.

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