Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Amber Williams

Amber Williams

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Psychology, Rice University

Courses Taught


  • CD 305 Early and Middle Childhood Development
  • CD 424 Children's Development in Diverse Cultures
  • PSY 372 Multicultural Psychology

Research Interests

My broad research interests focus on the role of race in shaping youths’ self-concepts, their relationships with in- and out-group members, and their academic outcomes. Within this domain, I have two lines of research. First, I study the development of diverse children’s racial cognition, including racial essentialism, stereotyping, and prejudice. I am also interested in how these racial attitudes relate to children’s behaviors, including their willingness to engage in cross-race friendships. Second, I explore the ways in which Black children’s and adolescents’ race-related experiences and beliefs directly and indirectly impact their academic outcomes. I am specifically interested in how Black youths’ attitudes about race (racial identity) and their parents’ socialization and involvement strategies influence Black youths’ academic success. 

Selected Publications

  • Boykin, C. M., Brown, N. D., Carter, J. T., Dukes, K., Green, D. J., Harrison, T., Hebl, M., McCleary-Gaddy, A., Membere, A., McJunkins, C. A., Simmons, C., Walker, S. S., Smith, A. N., & Williams, A. D. (2020). Anti-racist actions and accountability: Not more empty promises. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
  • Roberts, S. O., Weisman, K., Lane, J. D., Williams, A., Camp, N. P., Wang, M., Robison, M., Sanchez, K., & Griffiths, C. (2020). Conceptualizing God as a White man: A psychological barrier to conceptualizing Black people and women as leadership worthy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Butler-Barnes, S. T., Cade, S., Williams, A. D., Byrd, C., Carter, R., & Chavous, T. (2018). Promoting resilience among African American girls: Racial identity as a protective factor. Child Development89(6), e552-e571.
  • Williams, A., Banerjee, M., Lozada-Smith, F., Lambouths III, D., & Rowley, S. J. (2017). Black mothers' perceptions of the role of race in children's education. Journal of Marriage and the Family79(4), 932-936.
  • Roberts, S. O., Williams, A. D., & Gelman, S. A. (2016). Children’s and Adults’ Predictions of Black, White, and Multiracial Friendship Patterns. Journal of Cognition and Development18(2), 189–208.

*denotes shared first-authorship

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