Dr. Stephanie Irby Coard is currently a tenured Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and former Director of Graduate Studies at The University of North Carolina – Greensboro (UNC-G). She has previously held faculty appointments at Duke University and New York University School of Medicine, Child Study Center. She earned a B.A. from North Carolina State University in both Psychology and Business Management; an M.S. Ed. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She completed a Pediatric Clinical Pre-Doctoral Internship in the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center.
Dr. Coard’s research examines racial, ethnic, and cultural influences on youth development and family functioning and the development and implementation of culturally relevant evidence-based practices targeting African American families and communities. Her clinical training and understanding of socio-cultural factors as they relate to the etiology, treatment and prevention of child mental health problems has informed her work on a number of locally and federally funded studies to pursue research in the development of culturally relevant strategies to assist African American parents to prevent and manage common behavior problems among youth. This research has resulted in the development of an observational measure of racial socialization and a parenting curriculum and written materials.