Chammie Austin

Associate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Bio

Chammie Austin, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology. Austin’s wide range of expertise spans counseling, psychology, academia, and racial diversity. As a teaching scholar and researcher, Austin examines the impact of diversity on cognition, development, and behavior. Austin is an educator who trains counselors and clinicians to competently conduct cross-cultural counseling and coach marginalized individuals through barriers to achievement, such as survivor’s guilt and impostor syndrome.

Austin is a published scholar who has produced thoughtful leadership on a variety of topics including discrimination in the 21st century, mental health in the media, biracial identity and self-esteem, race, social justice, inequality, and academic achievement. He has served as a guest speaker at numerous local and regional conferences.

Notable Publications and Placements:

  • Taylor, M. J., Merritt, S. M., & Austin, C. C. (2013). Negative affect, delinquency, and alcohol use among rural and urban African American adolescents: A brief report. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22, 69-84.
  • Austin, C.C. (2013). Book Review: Complex intersections: Forced choices in minority identification. [Review of Multiple Minority Identities: Applications for Practice, Research, and Training]. PsycCRITIQUES.
  • Austin, C.C. (2011). DVD Review: Invisibility or marginalization? African American males interface with psychotherapy. [Review of the DVD Working with African American Men]. PsycCRITIQUES.
  • Austin, C.C. (2011). Book Review: Beyond Baby Daddy: A New (Better) Understanding of African American Fatherhood. [Review of the book Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America]. PsycCRITIQUES.
  • Austin, C.C. (2010). Book Review: Is it really better to have loved and lost than to have not loved at all? [Review of the book Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A Clinician’s Guide]. PsycCRITIQUES.
  • Austin, C.C. (2010). Book Review: A matter of understanding: An examination of American Visible Racial/Ethnic (VREGs) and some non-VREG members. [Review of the book The Psychology of Ethnic Groups in the United States]. PsycCRITIQUES.


  • 2002 Southern Region Education Board Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1997- 2001 Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship
  • 1994 Ronald E. McNair Scholarship

Classes Taught:

  • SOSC 495 Practicum in Psychology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Research Methods
  • PSYC 401 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSYC 365 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
  • PSYC 254 Development through the Lifespan
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 474 Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 321 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 352 Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology Capstone: Practicum
  • PSY 345 Counseling for the Helping Professions
  • PSY 6800 Ethics and Professional Issues
  • PSY 6030 Human Diversity
  • PSY 5810 Clinical Practicum
  • PSY 5860 Clinical Research

Areas of Expertise:

  • Clinical and counseling psychology
  • Psychology of racism, prejudice and oppression
  • Multicultural psychology
  • Ethics in psychology
  • Abnormal psychology/psychopathology
  • Group counseling
  • General psychology
  • Clinical supervision
  • Theories and techniques of counseling
  • Research methods
  • Academic achievement

Contact Info

Phone: 314-529-9459


Office: 3314 Reid Hall