Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Fatima a. Varner, ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Dealy 332
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458-9993
Phone: 718-817-3480
Fax: 718-817-3785
Office Hours: Mondays & Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae
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Education Top
  • 2004 B.A. in Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • 2010 Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Major Research Interests Top
  • Influence of parenting on ethnic minority adolescents’ academic achievement and mental health
  • Contextual influences on mothers’ mental health and parenting
  • Gender and ethnic achievement disparities

Projects Top
  • Racial Discrimination Concerns and African American Mothers’ Parenting Practices (PI; funded by Fordham University)

Courses Top
  • PSYC 1200 Foundations of Psychology
  • Multicultural Issues in Education

Further Professional Expertise/Experience/Tasks  Top
  • 2010-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, University of Michigan

Cooperations Top

Selected Publications Top

  • Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2012). Discrimination concerns and expectations as explanations of gendered socialization in African American families. Child Development. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12021
  • Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2009). Marital transitions and changes in African American mothers’ depressive symptoms: The buffering role of financial resources. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 839 - 847.
  • Destin, M., Richman, S., Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2012). “Feeling” hierarchy: The pathway from subjective social status to achievement. Journal of Adolescence, doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.06.006
  • Hurd, N., Varner, F., & Rowley, S. (2012). Promoting developmental competencies and well-being among black youth: caregiver and natural mentor contributions. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9819-y   *first and second authors made equal contributions to manuscript
  • Mandara, J., Moore, I., Richman, S., & Varner, F. A. (2012). Where should African American parents send their children? Disentangling schools’ racial compositions from their financial resources. In D. T. Slaughter-Defoe, H. C. Stevenson, E. G. Arrington, D. J. Johnson (Eds.) , Black educational choice: Assessing the private and public alternatives to traditional K–12 public schools (pp. 255-267). Santa Barbara, CA US: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.
  • Mandara, J., Murray, C. B., Telesford, J. M., Varner, F. A., & Richman, S. B. (2012). Observed gender differences in African American mother-child relationships and child behavior. Family Relations, 61, 129 - 141.
  • Rowley, S. J., Varner, F., Ross, L. L., Williams, A. D., & Banerjee, M. (2012). Toward a model of racial identity and parenting in African Americans. In J. M. Sullivan, A. M. Esmail (Eds.) , African American identity: Racial and cultural dimensions of the Black experience (pp. 273-288). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Mandara, J., Varner, F, & Richman, S. (2010). Do African American mothers really “love” their sons and “raise” their daughters? Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 41-50.
  • Mandara, J., Varner, F., Greene, N., & Richman, S. (2009). Intergenerational family predictors of the Black-White achievement gap. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 867 - 878.
  • Mandara, J., Johnston, J.S., Murray, C.B., & Varner, F. (2008). Marriage, money and African American mothers' self-esteem. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1188 - 1199.

Selected Presentations Top

  • Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2012, July). Gender-differentiated parenting of African-American adolescents as an explanation for gender differences in achievement. In J. Mesman (Chair) Parenting Boys and Girls: What’s the Difference? Paper Symposium presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development 2012 Biennial Meeting, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2012, March). Paternal and maternal contributions to gender differences in academic achievement among African American adolescents. In L. Ross (Chair) Parenting, Gender, and Academic Outcomes in African American Adolescents. Paper Symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Varner, F. (2011, July). The role of parental self-efficacy in the relationship between school context and mental health. Poster presented at Family Research Consortium V Summer Institute 2011: Mental Health and Substance Use: Risks, Prevention, Treatment and Policies, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Varner, F. (2011, April). Discrimination concerns and expectations as mediators of differential socialization in African American families. In S. Richman (Chair) Social Contextual Influences on African American Parenting Behavior. Paper symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2009, August). The influence of marital status on African American mothers’ depression. Presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Varner, F., & Mandara, J. (2009, April). Family predictors of the Black-White achievement gap. In F. Varner (Chair) Predictors of the Black-White Achievement Gap Across Different Contexts. Paper symposium presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

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