Danette A. Morrison, PhD, is an Educational Psychologist and Associate Teaching Professor for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Drexel University. Dr. Morrison graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park where she received her PhD in Human Development from the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Howard University.
Dr. Morrison's current research interest focuses on social relationships, identity development and achievement motivation of ethnic minorities. Specifically, Dr. Morrison studies how supportive relationships shape the ethnic identity and motivational profiles of Black adolescents. Her research highlights the interplay of these constructs within the school context, as well as, across multiple domains. The research of Dr. Morrison makes a difference by building on the knowledge base needed to develop and implement methods for improving the educational attainment of ethnic minorities. With positive youth development as her guiding framework, Dr. Morrison hopes to continue research that would benefit these marginalized groups. Her ultimate aim is to advocate for equity for all students across the education system.
Morrison also focuses on issues related to diversity, teaching and learning, and college student development. Her mentoring approach makes a difference by empowering and supporting students of varied backgrounds as they build a sense of self and community that reflects the diversity of the psychology department and the overall Drexel community. Whenever possible, she promotes herself as a resource for students and advocates for their success.