VCU Psychology Department

Does forgiving others affect your meaning in life?

Relationships are a vital source of meaning in life. But conflicts are inevitable in every relationship. Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is? read more...


How can we track the psychosocial functioning of patients?

Understanding a patient’s psychological profile over time can aid in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning. What method can we use to track the psychosocial functioning of patients? read more...


How important are routines for our well-being?

William Blake suggested that we "Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night." How critical is the timing and regularly of our daily activities for our well-being? read more...


Dr. Faye Belgrave

Professor (tenured)

Health Psychology (primary), Social Psychology (secondary)

Director, Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention


PhD (1982), University of Maryland, College Park

Contact Information

Phone: 804-827-3908

Office: 820 W Franklin, rm 101


Web site: Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention

Research Interests

My work is community and intervention focused and attends to aspects of culture (gender, ethnicity, age, and place, etc.) to promote well-being among African American youth and young adults. I work collaboratively with community based agencies to identify and implement relevant programming and research. Recent projects provided culturally integrated substance abuse, HIV prevention, and sex education curriculums to African American college students and students attending middle school. In another project, we implemented and evaluated a culturally specific HIV prevention intervention for African American females; this project was expanded by including a male component. Another study examines the role of culture and community in tobacco and other drug use among African American youth in rural and urban communities. Additionally, my work has involved other areas of health promotion (e.g., prevention of cancer, diabetes, depression) and with other ethnic minority populations (e.g., Latinas and Asian Americans). My activities and research have included collaborative work with local school systems, Churches and faith based institutions, community based youth servicing agencies, local health clinics, and Black Colleges and Universities among others. My most recent work has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Office on Women's Health.

Selected Publications

Abrams, J., Maxwell, M., Pope, M., & Belgrave, F. Z. (2014). Carrying the world with the grace of a lady and the grit of a warrior: deepening our understanding of the 'Strong Black Woman' Schema," Psychology of Women’s Quarterly, 0361684314541418.

Maxwell, M., Abrams, J., Brevard, & Belgrave, F. Z. (2014). What’s color got to do with it?:
Skin color, skin color satisfaction, racial identity, and internalized racism among African American college students. The Journal of Black Psychology. 0095798414542299

Nguyen,  A. B., Clark, T. T., & Belgrave, F. Z. (2014). Gender roles and acculturation:
Relationships with cancer screening among Vietnamese American women.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 20, 87-97.

Brevard, J., Maxwell, M., Hood, K., Belgrave, F. Z. (2013). Feeling safe. Intergenerational
connections and neighborhood disorganization among urban and rural African American youth.  Journal of Community Psychology. 41(8), 992-1004.

Belgrave, F. Z. & Allison, K. W.  (2013).   African American Psychology: From Africa to America. 3rd Edition.Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Recent Courses
Recent Grants

Principal Investigator. HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention among African American College Students. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010-2015, 1.5 million).

Co-Investigator. Exploring Tobacco Dependence among African American Men in Barbershops. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, $153,000 (2008-2010) (Alton Hart, PI).

Co-Principal Investigator. Gumboyaya III – Sister Voices. Funded by HHS, Office on Women's Health to Virginia Commonwealth University, $320,000 (2006-2010). (Maya Corneille, Co-PI)

Principal Investigator. Pathways to Tobacco Smoking among African American Youth. Funded by the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation (2006-2010, $720,000).